Why visit the Douro Valley? 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 whitewashed houses perched high above the valley. It is […]
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 […]
Wine festivals are an integral part of winemaking tradition across both Europe and the New World, celebrating the culmination of months of hard work in the vineyard, with what should hopefully be a healthy and plentiful harvest. For winemakers, however, the hard work is just beginning; for visitors to the wine region, they offer a […]
People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” and the answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available to you! […]
When eating out in Portugal, you will soon notice that the cuisine is still very traditional, even the more modern, chic eateries stay close to their origins, adding an innovative, artistic touch. We have put together this useful Portuguese to English glossary and menu decoder to help you get the most out of your Portuguese […]
Portuguese Grape Varieties The diversity of grape varieties in Portugal is incredible, especially considering the relatively small area under vine. There are over 250 native grape varieties, along with many international ones increasingly being vinified here, and very successfully too. The almost infinite choice of varietals along with the differentiating terroir results in fabulously versatile […]
Unless you are a Port connoisseur the wonderful world of Port and knowing a Ruby from a Tawny or LBV from a Vintage can certainly be a bit baffling at first. We have compiled this short and concise guide to help you get the most out of your Port wine experience and understand fully what […]
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 […]
It´s sizzling this summer in Europe and a few days on the coast are definitely in order! Some suggestions for luxury coastal hotels by country: FRANCE Château Eza– Eze: The ultimate French Riviera hideaway. Think lifestyles of the rich and famous, this charming medieval hamlet spills over a clifftop overlooking the Med. The small luxury […]
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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).