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Portuguese Wines For Every Palate

Courtney tells the stories behind all things wine, drinks, food, and travel. Portugal often gets overshadowed by its larger next-door neighbor, Spain, and that’s a shame. Happily, more people are discovering and recognizing Portugal for its beautiful landscape, soulful food, … Read More


48 hours in . . . Porto, an insider guide to Portugal’s splendid second city

Old world charm – with a burst of new world energy Long regarded as Lisbon’s quieter sibling, Portugal’s second city is currently undergoing a magical moment of rejuvenation. Centuries ago, British merchant ships would cluster in Porto’s medieval harbour to ferry the … Read More


Pret a Porto: Portugal’s second city is ready for the limelight

A decade ago, the city’s historic centre was badly rundown. Now, having been carefully restored, it’s filled with culture, cafes and unusual shops Porto is a good-looking city, its granite buildings packed into a hilly landscape, many of them decorated … Read More


The Douro Valley is “Disneyland” for Winemakers

The bountiful array of native grape varieties in the Douro Valley makes it like “Disneyland for winemakers”, according to Tiago Alves de Sousa of Quinta da Gaivosa. Speaking to the drinks business during a recent trip to Porto, dry Douro … Read More


10 Beautiful Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

Douro Valley, Portugal Located a few hundred miles from the city of Porto, this scenic UNESCO World Heritage site boasts of idyllic 18th and 19th-century Quintas (wine estates) and stone-terraced vineyards that rise above the meandering Douro River. Romans introduced … Read More

Tiny Portugal offers bounty of delicious, affordable wines

Portugal is a popular travel destination and, as a result, we are seeing an increase in demand for its wines. Don’t fear the difficult-to-pronounce regions and varietal names — just jump in and enjoy the flavours of Portugal. There’s a … Read More


11 Douro Viewpoints

Arriving to Porto, get ready to be surprised! Surprise yourself with the natural beauty that surrounds you, with the built heritage that the Port reveals in every city corner, with the dishes and drinks served. Especially, dare and be surprised … Read More


5 White Wine Styles to Welcome Spring

White Port While most of us are familiar with traditional port based on red-wine grapes, Portugal’s white port gives voice to such fun and funky white wine grapes of the region as malvasia fina, verdelho, códega, gouveio, and rabigato — varieties often … Read More


22 reasons why everyone is going to Portugal right now

With its medieval heart, contemporary buzz, magnificent gold-leaf-laced churches – oh, and a rather nice signature tipple – Portugal’s second city merits a visit at any time. writes Telegraph Travel’s Adrian Bridge. Carved in two by the Douro river, downtown … Read More


Drink in the delights of Porto

There is much more to this city, perched on the banks of the Douro River, than its namesake wine. Wandering the streets of Porto, the sound of ice clinking in a glass of white port and tonic, served with a … Read More