Wine & Food Experience in Northern Portugal: Douro Valley
Robertson Wine Tours for Elizabeth Lutton and the Texas Wine Society: October 2019
The pursuit of a meaningful travel for Robertson Wine Tours means getting involved in the local culture of a specific region or a country as quickly as you can. Robertson Wine Tours will offer you a completely unique tour service. The ethos is simple: to give you a once in a lifetime trip with wines and food that you will never forget. Our guides have proven themselves with years of experience, wonderful personalities and of course in depth knowledge of their subjects. Most of all, we want to enable you to have an amazing and unforgettable tour by sharing with you the insights and things we most love: food, wines and great company in world-class settings. We will use different tasting techniques, which all contribute to fulfil your wine tourism experience. But tasting, enjoying and discussing the wines and food is of course the main event. To summarise, the main objective of this tour is for you to taste very interesting wines (not just the most expensive or the famous) and gain a great understanding of the places you are going to visit in the time you have available.
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Tour Guiding & Outline – Northern Portugal-Elizabeth Lutton and the Texas Wine Society
Ryan has been living in Iberia for 11 years working in the wine industry as a blogger, keynote speaker, wine judge and consultant to top wineries from all over Europe. Today, he lives in Porto, Portugal, with his wife and two years old son helping visitors fall in love with the landscapes, the wines and the foods of Portugal & Spain. In 2016, he became a knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood for his tireless devotion to promoting the Port Wine. Ryan is also a very passionate photographer who will have his work featured in a 300 page book about the foods of Northern Portugal.
DAY 01: Sunday 6th October 2019:. Wine Experience. Porto / Douro Valley / Porto / Pestana Hotel and other TBC
BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS
In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:
Tour Day by Day – Northern Portugal – Elizabeth Lutton and the Texas Wine Society. FINAL
DAY 01: Sunday 6th October 2019 :
Wine Experience. Porto / Douro Valley / Porto / Hotel Pestana Porto
Reception & Departure after meeting your wine expert and Guide Ryan.
We understand there will be two pick ups and drop offs each day at different Hotels in Porto.
From Porto we will move into the heart of Douro to visit our first winery Quevedo.
Quevedo, a family-owned winery who has redefined Douro wines internationally. Renowned for their warmth and charm, you’ll be given an exceptional private tasting of both their port and still wines. Before Portugal joined the EU they produced grapes and Port to sell to Vila Nova de Gaia. After the legislation allowed them to directly export port wine from their wineries under their own names and to persue new markets this family brand “Quevedo” was created.
The Owners, Oscar Quevedo and Beatriz Morais Quevedo, both come from families with a long and rich history of growing grapes and making Port wine. It was during the 1980′s they really started to increase their production area and in the mid 1990′s they built the winery which is currently the headquarters of Quevedo. Their two children, Cláudia and Oscar are both within the business. Currently Quevedo cultivate 100 hectares of vineyards coming from 6 distinct estates in the Douro valley, in the sub-regions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The diversity of vines and subsequent fruit from different locations and altitudes and soil enables them to blend the grapes with differing aromas and flavors which helps in the creation of extremely complex wines. This Quevedo philosophy that their vineyards need to be in different locations and altitudes and soil have made their wines complex rich and incredible sort after.
Wines to be included in the Tasting:
- White Port
- Ruby Port
- Oscars Port
- Claudias Port
- 20 Year Old Tawny Port
- Colheita Tawny Port
Transfer to Lunch in Ervedosa do Douro
Toca da Raposa
Lunch with specially wines will be hosted in Toca da Raposa, a small and delightful restaurant serving excellent modern Portuguese cuisine. Not just a beautiful restaurant with amazing service and wonderful food but also just a few steps away from the famous wine cellars Quinta de Pessegueiro and Quinta de Azevedo, tucked away inside the narrow streets of Ervedosa. In their 9th year of business this husband and wife team whip up mouthwatering regional dishes sourced daily. Lunch not included. Portions are more than generous.
Transfer to Wine and Soul Winery.
Arrival at Wine and Soul Winery.
Our Final winery today will be Wine and Soul where we will make a premium wine tasting and vineyard tour with stunning views perched just over River Tavora.
Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serôdio Borges husband and wife winemakers have built an incredible reputation in the 18 years they have been married. Sandra is a highly talented oenologist and winemaker who studied oenology in Milan in Italy, Jorge was born with wine in his veins and is the fifth generation of a family with more than a century of winemaking behind them. This husband and wife team started with a small production wine called ‘Pintas’ (spots) using their only single vineyard (at that time). This splendid red wine that derives from an ancient vines using the traditional Douro old vineyard of mixed planting that has as many as thirty varieties. They then slowly introduced Pintas Character a more fruit driven version of Pintas and the white Guru, a single vineyard sourced from the high altitude vineyards.
5G Port Wine is their very old Tawny Port that comes as a blend of several very old Port wines some over a hundred years old. 10 years ago they inherited Quinta da Manoella, an ancient estate belonging to Jorges family, Costs prohibit us tasting this wine unfortunately. Wine and Souls other estate at Quinta da Manoella produces their Vinhas Velhas (old vines) and has quickly became one of the best and most remarkable wines in the Douro.
Wine&Soul has embodied the spirit of the new wave of high quality and strong individuality Douro wines sourced from very old individual vineyards, low yields limited production wines that showcase the character of each particular vineyard, the very special nature of each unique terroir. Wines made with a minimal winemaking intervention giving way for nature and terroir to take the lead and speak for themselves.
Wines to be included in the Tasting:
- Guru or Manoella Branco
- Manoella Tinto
- Pintas Character
- Porto 10 Anos
Private Transfer to your Hotels
Sleep at Hotel Pestana Porto / Room Category: Unknown
END of SERVICES
Monday 20th June 2019
Prices, Inclusions & Exclusions – Northern Portugal – Elizabeth Lutton and the Texas Wine Society (Final)
Price per person based on 4 people participating [transportation in a Mercedes Viano] €590.00 cost in euros
Price per person based on 6 people participating [transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter] €505.00 cost in euros
Price per person based on 8 people participating [transportation in a 15 seats Mini Bus] €475.00 cost in euros