Final day of our first Douro tour

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 the key styles: Chip Dry white Port, LBV, 10 YO Tawny and the Vintage 2009.

We tasted the Queen with a special commemorative aged Tawny that Taylors had produced for the occasion – a special moment on the day before the funeral.

Lunch then beckoned as we relaxed in the wonderful courtyard overlooking Porto, enjoyed a Portonic – white Port with tonic which makes a fabulous long drink – before heading into a private dining room. Lunch was delicious – creamy truffled potatoes, pork cheek with mushrooms and a chocolate lingot – washed down with Douro white red and tawny Port.

A fitting end to our tour and for many, the Douro Valley has been a revelation.