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A full day in the Douro

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Beautiful blue sky greeted us on Thursday morning for our first full day in the Douro Valley.  Our first stop was Terrus – a tiny family owned estate about half an hour from Regua in the village of Barro. It has a wonderful location overlooking the river. An amazing sense of tranquility prevails. Maria Foy…(Read More)

Our second tour to the Douro Valley has commenced! The weather forecast is perfect and the TAP flight arrived on schedule. Having checked into our hotel in Vila Real, we had time to relax before taking a very pleasant walk over the Cais da Vila restaurant.  This is a superb restaurant built on the…(Read More)

There was more tasting and lunch to come on the final day. We headed into Porto and then Vila Nova di Gaia for a tour, tasting and lunch at one of the legendary names of Port – Taylors. After a brief tour, we settled into the tasting room for a tasting of four wines encompassing…(Read More)

We were lucky with the weather on our first full day in the Douro. Cloudy but dry as we took a 45 minute drive to the village of Barro and the tiny estate called Terrus – run by the lovely Maria Foy. I have known Maria since 2008 and no tour to the Douro would…(Read More)

Our Autumn season of tours to the Douro Valley have started, with the first day all going to plan. Despite rain of almost biblical proportions in Porto, our flight was early and with a lot of people already arriving  a few days early, we set off for Vila Real on schedule. Having checked in, we…(Read More)

We had a leisurely start to Saturday with our rendezvous at the bus being midday. We headed back to Regua and the family owned estate of Quinta de Tourais. This is another small, family domaine with 14 hectares of vineyards and both a conventional and non conventional approach to winemaking. The family are totally involved…(Read More)

Another fascinating day in the Douro Valley began to unfurl as we headed south towards Regua and the tiny boutique estate of Casa do Romezal. Here Luis and his sister Margarida oversee a small family estate with Bed and breakfast accommodation with stunning views over the river valley. For some it was a taxi, other…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In June 2022 I ran three tours to Southern Burgundy, focussing on the Mâconnais Chalonnais and southerly parts of the Cote d’Or, regions that lack the prestige of their northern brethren, but are capable of producing wines of extremely high quality and…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In May 2022 Tim ran a tour to Austria, based in Vienna.  We convened at the Penta Hotel in Vienna on Wednesday night, and strolled out for first night dinner at Gasthaus Woracziczky, which set the scene fabulously, with lovely wines and delicious food…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In the Spring of 2022 I led three tours to Greece, focusing on the Peloponnese. For those flying in on the first day, I arranged a coach to take us from Athens airport to Napflio, where we stayed, allowing us a photo opportunity at…(Read More)