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Best of Best 2020: The Most Original and Unique Experiences

08.10.2020

Like wine appreciation, choosing the best wine experience is very personal. Beyond the locale and the quality of its wine production, what you enjoy doing, and how you like to travel are equally important. That’s why we have gathered the best of the best 2020 for a fantastic wine vacation filled with experiences where you can pick the best one based on your interests.

From touring the historic caves of Porto to playing winemaker for a day in the Douro Valley, here’s your guide to the most original and unique wine & food experiences in Portugal

 

Be a Winemaker for a Day

This is a true sensory and didactic experience, where you will create your own wine. Be a winemaker for a day in an activity that seeks to highlight one of the main success factors of Portuguese wines, the art of blending blended wines.
This experience starts with a visit to the winery dated from 1764 and the Wine Museum, the barrel’s room, and the underground cellar where we age the best lots selected by the Amorim family. After the visit, you will participate in the activity “Winemaker for 1 day”, with the creation of a batch, bottling, corking, image creation,  and bottle labeling which you will take home at the end of the experience in order to offer as a unique souvenir to your friends and family or keep as a token of an incredible experience.

 

Visit the Premium Wine Cellars of Porto

One of the best activities to do during a trip to the amazing and historic Porto is to have a wonderful private guided tour to the Port wine cellars and taste the famous Port wine (a sweet fortified wine from the Douro region). Also, during the guided visits, you will get the chance to enjoy some chocolate and some cheese with your Port and in some visits unique and exclusive wines. So what could be better to do in Porto than to warm up in the most renowned wine lodges, tasting the delicious Port wines? 

 

Savor Private Wine Tastings

This is a variety of places where you can do a private wine tasting. Like in the various estates, the wineries, and even wine cellars (like we have already written above). In each wine tasting, you will have a tour, where you learn all about the wine and its procedures and in the amazing wine tastings, with plenty of choices, where you will try the wine of the estates and sometimes rare and exclusive wines. Each visit is different, because of the types of wines and if they are paired with artisanal cheeses, amazing chocolate, among other regional delicacies.

 

Go for a Pinarello and Wine

An incredible crossover experience between São Lourenço do Barrocal and Herdade do Esporão awaits for you. Discover the beautiful local region of Monsaraz exploring its routes riding a high-end Pinarello and tasting some of its exclusive wines. While pedaling, you will go through some of the most beautiful tar roads of the Alentejo, uncovering vineyards, small villages, and its people. Moreover, you will visit the incredible Herdade do Esporão for a Special Cellar Tasting of its wines and a five moments menu created by chef Carlos Teixeira.  

 

Enjoy Farm to Table Hands-On

If you are looking for gastronomic experiences in Portugal, then in the new “slow cooking in fire” kitchen of Herdade do Esporão you will be offered a very original experience. It happens outdoors, by the vegetable garden, and with a view over the vineyards. The Chef Carlos de Albuquerque will welcome three chefs from several Portuguese regions, and all of them share the respect for local seasonal products, which is the motto for every dish delivered. This also consists of seven moments tasting menu, made with each chef’s approach and using local products from the Herdade do Esporão’s vegetable garden, paired with the delicious wines. This is served at sunset, so enjoy all the beautiful scenarios.

 

By booking your 2020 or 2021 tour in Portugal with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus an acquired "Clean and Safe" seal. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your tour in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

 

 

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