Casa dos Ecos: The Incredible 'Pop-up' Restaurant of Quinta do Bomfim

Posted by: Soraia Costa

Post Date 08-Jun-2021 09:30:00

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The fantastic Quinta do Bomfim owned by the Symington family - renowned producer of DOC wines and Port wines - has opened an amazing restaurant called 'Casa dos Ecos'. The restaurant features the best of Douro's seasonal produce, bringing together two leading names in Portuguese gastronomy and wine production - the awarded Michelin-starred chef Pedro Lemos and the Symington family -. But keep reading to know more about this authentic restaurant.

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The Casa dos Ecos at Quinta do Bomfim, is located in the heart of the Douro Valley and on a high point surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the Douro River. The property is one of the family's most iconic estates, famous for producing the Dow's Ports and where five generations of Symingtons have worked the vines.image-2_img_160

Some curiosities about the Symington family consist that nowadays there are still ten family members working across the business, committed to producing the finest ports and wines and building on the achievements of the previous generations. The vineyards of the family are managed under a strict minimum intervention policy and 112 ha are organic, which makes them the largest area of certified organic vineyard in northern Portugal. It's simply amazing!

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Besides, their ports and wines consistently win major international wine awards. They are the producers of the only port made this century to score 100 points in the Wine Spectator: Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port. Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port scored an exceptional 99 points in the Wine Spectator in 2014 and was placed at No.1 in the prestigious Top 100 Wines. Chryseia 2011 was placed at No.3 in the same year, the highest ever ranking for Portuguese red wine, and Chryseia has now appeared on the list three times. As you have already understood the Quinta do Bomfim is one of the Douro estates that is worth your visit.

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The restaurant is considered a 'pop-up' in which it aims to create a unique space for people to enjoy the authentic Douro culture in a relaxed setting. The space of the restaurant allows serving 60 people, between the living room and the terrace. Further, their delicious menu will be composed of the idea 'farmhouse gastronomy'.

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But what does consist the idea of 'farmhouse gastronomy'? It consists of offering authentic and regional dishes based on informal cuisine from the Douro region, using traditional techniques, including cooking in a firewood oven.

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Moreover, the menu will be paired with Douro DOC wines and Port wines from the Symington family's portfolio.

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Chef Pedro Lemos uses local products to prepare the fantastic menu of Casa dos Ecos. Last year, the menu was constantly updated during the restaurant's months of activity, through summer and fall, and including the harvest season. This year and in order to celebrate their second year, they have created an exciting 'Programa da Liberdade' with a series of events & tastings to be hosted at Casa dos Ecos. So visit this amazing restaurant and enjoy as well discover this fantastic  program.

 

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Soraia Costa

Written by: Soraia Costa

Soraia has a Bachelor Degree in Communication and she is natural from Azores (the Portuguese islands) which she knows from end to end, as well, as mainland Portugal. She loves to travel and know all about the culture and food of each country. She also loves to cook new recipes, some of the most renowned chefs in the world. In her articles, she shares the knowledge of her travels about heritage, culture, wine, gastronomy, and must-see places.

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