Why visit the Douro? There can be few more awe-inspiring sights than a visitor’s first glimpse of the steep, terraced vineyards of the Douro. Ancient vines cover the hills, which roll down to the magnificent Douro River creating a timeless scene of small villages and white washed houses perched high above the valley. It is […]
Port wine traditionally comes from the Douro Valley in beautiful Northern Portugal. The wineries are called Quintas” and they line the terraced hills rising up from the Douro river, east of Oporto nearly reaching the border of Spain. The name “Port Wine” is protected by the Appellation system (Denomination of Origin), just as “Champagne” can […]
The magnificent fortified wines of the Douro Valley are undoubtedly some of the greatest, long-lived and best value fine wines available today. Indeed, Port can literally last for centuries and has been made for centuries – the Douro valley was defined as an appellation in 1756, making it the oldest legally recognized region in the […]
Portugal is justly recognized as a Mecca for lovers of great seafood, always accompanied by delicious Portuguese white wines, of course! Like any sensible people, the Portuguese have made full use of their best natural gastronomic resource: miles and miles of gorgeous coastline that supplies some of the freshest, most varied fish and seafood in […]
This is a useful Portuguese to English glossary and menu decoder. Print it out and use it on your next trip to Portugal. Bom apetite! Cooking Methods assado – roasted caseiro – home-made cozido – boiled espetada – on the spit estufada – stewed frito – fried grelhado – grilled brasa – on the charcoal […]
Red Portuguese Grapes Alfrocheiro Preto: main grape in the Dao, rich in color Aragonês: see Tinta Roriz Baga: – Main grape used for wines in Bairrada appellation, also used in Alentejo and Ribatejo. High quality grape. Bastardo: – funny named grape grown in the Douro, early ripening. Used in Dao extensively Castelão Frances: – see […]
A white port wine Ruby Is the most basic and least expensive style of Port. It is a blend from the produce of several harvests that spends two to three years in stainless steel or wood before it is bottled. You usually will not see the term Ruby on the label, as most shippers prefer […]
Our best memory of Portuguese food was a spectacularly juicy steak served with a luscious red wine from the Alentejo, while watching an exquisite Fado performance at Cafe Luso in Lisbon. What can top that gastronomic memory? Portuguese food is fairly unknown, and what a pity as there are so many delicious dishes. Seafood and […]
Lisbon for Food Lovers, Cellar Tours recommendations: From small, family-owned restaurants offering delicious and inexpensive food to high-end cuisine, the capital of Portugal has enough options to satisfy even the most demanding of foodies. And although the Portuguese are known for sticking to their culinary traditions, Lisbon offers much more than the familiar staples of […]
Portuguese Cheese Guide Although Portugal’s most famous contribution to food and drink is undoubtedly Port wine, its superb range of artisan cheeses, with their lengthy pedigree and traditions are equally a worthy addition to any gourmet’s household. And while most visitors to this beautiful and historic country may well only bring home a bottle or two […]
Portugal is one of Europe’s genuine hidden gems, known more to Port wine lovers then to general tourists-at-large. But there is so much to see and do in this beautiful country! Let us share some tips on ten things you must not miss on your trip to Portugal: 1. Port Wine Lodges of Vila Nova […]
Keeping things light: Here are some of our suggestions for the weirdest and wackiest museums in Europe. Enjoy this silly list, and feel free to send us your tips for weird museums or tourist attractions you have encountered while travelling in Europe- 1. Museum of Sewers, Paris Info 2. Stockfish museum, Norway Info 3. Phallus […]
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