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Intimate & insightful Douro wine tastings & tours – join me!

Of intimate Douro tours & tastings

Much as I enjoy sharing my passion and expertise for Portuguese wines through writing, I’m very excited by two partnerships which I’ve launched this year.  Taking things a step further, my series of masterclasses at Portuguese Wine School at Taberna do Mercado puts wine in your glass, whilst my Douro Springtime Tour puts you in the vineyard. 

Portuguese Wine School at Taberna do Mercado – the Douro

The fortified line up – Portuguese Wine School at Taberna do Mercado, 5 December

Kicking off last week with a sell-out fortified tasting (which yielded some of Monday’s top Port tips), next month will focus on the Douro Valley’s dry, unfortified wines – 10 benchmark Douro wines, with some interesting ‘extra-curricular’ treats too.   We’ll explore all three Douro sub-regions, key trends and taste different wine styles born of terroir and winemaking philosophy from this, the world’s biggest mountainside vineyard.  The Douro is nothing if not diverse.

Multi-faceted – the Douro Valley

Your journey of discovery will take you from the region’s warmest sites by the river to its higher, cooler reaches.  You’ll be able to compare and contrast traditional blends and single varietal wines, wines foot-trodden in lagares versus tank and full-bodied examples alongside lighter, contemporary styles.

Jorge Moreira of Poeira in his petite winery with lagares for foot treading

To showcase some of these differences, the line up includes a mini-horizontal of Douro 2009 reds, which I’ve plucked from my cellar: Po de Poeira Red, Passadouro Reserva, Quinta do Noval and Alves de Sousa Abandonado.

The masterclass will start at 6.30pm on Monday, 22 January.  The class costs £65 including supper.  Click here for details about how to book.

Douro Springtime Tour – 13-18 May, 2018

Mafalda Nicolau de Almeida with her brother Mateus who will host our introductory tasting, showing Trans Douro Express wines from each sub-region

Should you wish to make the pilgrimage to Oporto and the Douro Valley yourself, I am thrilled to have teamed up with Douro-based Mafalda Nicolau de Almeida to lead a tour there next May.  It is a beautiful time of year to visit this remote, peaceful region – when the flora and fauna is at its best and before temperatures soar.

Exclusive access – behind the scenes

Mafalda is descended from one of the region’s most influential Port and Douro wine-making families so, between us, we can offer great insight into the Douro’s wine culture and exclusive opportunities to meet with principals and winemakers, visiting places which are usually off-limits to the public.

On the itinerary – Quinta do Noval

Featuring leading producers, a picnic in the field and an archaeologist-guided night-time visit to the World Heritage Penascosa Paleolithic rock art site, this intimate tour (maximum of 12 people) promises to be very special indeed!

You can find the itinerary and booking details in this tour brochure: Douro Tour_MilesAway_SarahAhmed.

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