Tag: portugal

Portuguese Tasting
Wine

Portugal’s indigenous grape varieties

Modern viticulturists in most countries with moderate climates succumbed to the allure of world famous French grape varieties like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, syrah just to name a few. Riesling is also popular, but much less, because of its specific terroir requirements. Portuguese growers […]

Portuguese Tasting
Wine

Portugal.

In a world of increased standardization, Portugal shines like a beacon of individuality and independence. Portuguese wineries and winemakers always resisted a world-wide trend to plant “international” grapes like Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, but a few young, experiment-happy individuals are gradually planting a […]

Vinho Verde.
Wine

Vinho Verde.

Vinho Verde Winemakers in the world famous valley of the Douro River take pride in producing stately Port wines, sweet libations in Setubal, deeply flavoured red in Alentejo, fruity and excellent food wine in Dao and light and fresh, delightful vinho verde wines from a region approximately 100 kilometres north […]

Coimbra – One of Portugal's Loveliest Cities.
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Coimbra – One of Portugal's Loveliest Cities.

Coimbra, located half way between Lisbon and Oporto in the north, served as Portugal’s capital in the Middle Ages, but is better known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe. The city was invaded by Germanic tribes in 465 and then again three years later. Roman soldiers arrived […]

Quinta de Vargellas – Douro Valley.
Wine

Quinta de Vargellas – Douro Valley.

Quinta de Vargellas – Douro Valley Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas is one of the most famous and beautiful of all in the 220 km long Douro Valley. The valley has three sub-regions – Baixa Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The latter yields, the quality of fruit yielding the most […]

Lisbon – A Fascinating and Charming City.
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Lisbon – A Fascinating and Charming City.

Lisbon Lisbon ranks as one of the most charming and easy-going cities of Europe. This pastel port is set amid seven steep hills, against the backdrop of the cool blue of the Tagus River. Lisbon retains medieval vestiges, with narrow winding streets and ancient cathedrals, but it also has wide […]