Bringing Sexy Back With Port and Red Wine in the Douro Valley of Portugal

By Kailash Maharaj
March 23, 2018

City Style and Living Magazine Travel Portugal Taylor Fladgate cheese tasting and port

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Already the undisputed port powerhouse, Portugal’s Douro Valley is on the brink of a breakthrough thanks to its rich red wines.

Tasting Tours

1/ Taylor Fladgate

In Vila Nova de Gaia, take an audio tour at one of the oldest port houses including the history, production and cellars.  There are several tasting to select from starting with Taylor’s chip dry white port through a series of tawny and vintage port.  The 325th Taylor’s Anniversary Port, presented in the shape of a curved bottle from 1692, makes an extra special souvenir.

City Style and Living Magazine Travel Portugal Sandeman tasting room and port tasting

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2/ Sandeman

Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo reveals sweeping views of the terraced vineyards from the beautiful modern tasting centre. For the premium tour, guides wear signature Spanish caballero hat and Portuguese students’ black capes, taking guests through the cellars, the port production process and ending with a tasting white, ruby and tawny port.

City Style and Living Magazine Travel Portugal Quinta Do Bomfim picnic and house

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3/ Quinta Do Bomfim

Five generations of the Symington family have produced some of the best award winning port. Guide João begins the tour in the small museum that houses a history of the family and property including photographs, and documents from the quinta. His dry humour is matched by his knowledge of the brand, creating a personalized experience. The smell of sweet port is immediately apparent throughout the 19th century old lodge, a relic in its own right and home to hundreds of vats and barrels that hold the prized liquid until ready to be taken to Vila Nova de Gaia for further ageing. A few sips of a selection of Dow’s vintage ports, their complexity recognizable is the prelude to a terrace picnic. Charming wicker baskets are filled with vegetable samosas, meat pastries, salad, small cakes and of course a bottle of white wine – the perfect accompaniment to overlook the languid landscape of the Douro Valley.  

This original article first appeared in the  Spring 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine

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