Interview With Wine Tourism Manager at Monte da Ravasqueira

Posted by Wine Tourism in Portugal on 07-Oct-2015 11:48:17

Connected to José de Mello's family for several generations, Monte da Ravasqueira is located in Arraiolos, one hour away from Lisbon, and covers a vast area of the ​​typical Alentejo landscape.

We talked with Mario Gonzaga, the wine tourism manager at Monte da Ravasqueira, who shared with us some of his experience at the estate and a little bit of the culture and history of the Ravasqueira wines.

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Best Places for a Fall Getaway in Portugal

Posted by Rita Saraiva on 23-Sep-2015 11:23:00

All seasons can be considered romantic or charmimg. Spring brings the colourful flowers and the first meals in the terrace, Summer means a cold glass of white wine in our hand in a warm night, Winter means the coziness of a blanket or a glass of red by the fireplace. What about the Autumn? Autumn in Portugal can be considered the perfect season for an off-season getaway.

The weather in Portugal is still warm and mostly dry during the Fall, the colours are amazing and you can not only enjoy the company of a white wine during the day, paired with the great Portuguese flavous, but also share a glass of red in the evening, in a comfortable hotel room or in one of the best restaurants in Portugal.

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Porto: Best Under-the-radar Romantic Destination by USA Today

Posted by Rita Saraiva on 09-Sep-2015 11:00:00

Porto was recently elected by USA Today readers as the Best Under-the-radar Romantic Destination.

According to the world-renowned website "Known not only for the wine produced here, Porto also gave the country its name, derived from its history as the Roman settlement of Portus Cale. Sprinkled like medieval jewels on a rocky gorge carved out by the Rio Douro, Portugal's second largest city combines the best of Old World charm with modern-day comforts."

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Best Belvederes in the Douro Valley

Posted by Nelson Carvalheiro on 31-Jul-2015 12:00:00

The Best Belvederes on the Douro Valley post is the 5th installment of my Douro Valley Wine Travel Guide, where I have already shared with you the Best Wine Hotels, Wine Tours and Food experiences in the Douro.

Travelling through the Douro Valley is all about finding the best vantage point to take that amazing photograph home - The sculpted mountains, the valley carved by the river and plenty of green and blue hues. While there are plenty of places that can accommodate to this purpose, there are some which make the view even more inspiring. Here is my selection of the best belvederes in the Douro Valley.

Quinta do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto could easily be the top choice when it comes to the best winery in the Douro Valley. Its wines are acclaimed worldwide, especially in Brazil where they are seen as the highest ranked DOC wines in the market. However when one finds himself within the Quinta do Crasto, the impressiveness of its infinity pool overlooking the Douro Valley is unmissable. Of course there are other places where the view is superb, and there are also some other locations where there is an infinity pool with a view, but trust me on this, the one at Quinta do Crasto is special.

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Best Food Experiences in the Douro Valley

Posted by Nelson Carvalheiro on 30-Jul-2015 16:30:00

In this post I will focus on the Portuguese flavours and regional products tastings I was able to experience during my stay in Douro.

One thing that you have to take into consideration when travelling the Douro Valley is that throughout all its history it has been a Port Wine Producing region. Purely! DOC Douro table wines only came out in the last 30/40 years and tourism has really only opened up in the last 10/15. This means that the tourism, hotels and restaurants offer in the Douro Valley is exclusive and very scarce. While a good wine hotel to stay in can be relatively easy to find, the same cannot be spoken about a good restaurant. So here are some of Douro's top food experiences.

Gourmet Experience at Quinta do Panascal

Even though Quinta do Panascal doesn’t not directly overlook the Douro, its location on the left bank of the Távora River (one the Douro's most important tributaries both in water and in history) falls nothing short of the exclusivity that it advocates. This estate belongs to the Guimaraens family and the Fladgate Partnership, a colossus of the Port Wine world owning the Croft, Taylor and Fonseca Port wine Brands. What makes the Gourmet Experience at Quinta do Panascal so impressive is that you can have a private lunch in the quarters where the Guimaraens family usually has their get togethers.

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Best Wine Experiences in the Douro Valley

Posted by Nelson Carvalheiro on 29-Jul-2015 11:30:00

On this chapter I choose to recommend wine experiences in Douro, rather than tours of vineyards or visits to wineries. Let’s face it, no one takes absolute pleasure from looking at towers of stainless steel while having a tour guide describe the fermentation process for the 10th time that day. Here, I focus on the out of the box experiences that some of the Quintas offer, and which I find 100x more rewarding to you as a visitor and as a wine enthusiast.

Vintage Tour at Quinta da Carvalhas

The Vintage Tour at Quinta das Carvalhas is the best wine experience in the whole of the Douro Valley!

I know it comes as a bold statement, but believe me, there is nothing even resembling it out there. It is the prodigal idea of Alvaro Martinho, the agricultural engineer at Quinta das Carvalhas and its operations manager. Disappointed with the way other Quintas neglected its visitors, he found a way to transmit to wine travellers what the "Douro Valley sense of place is all about".

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