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Dec 26, 2021

Douro Valley Towns and Hotels

Deciding to stay in a town or at a Quinta will shape your Douro Valley experience differently. In this post we chronicle our top picks for Douro Valley towns, hotels and Quintas. 

Dec 7, 2021

Producer Spotlight - Burel Factory Textiles and Mountain Hotels

Today, owners Isabela Costa’s and João Tomás’s Burel Factory and mountain hotels are internationally-acclaimed, contemporary design and hospitality icons - they’re drawing new attention to Burel wool and the Serra da Estrela mountains and are forging Portugal’s path forward as a leader in sustainable innovation and development. 

Dec 1, 2021

A History of Port Wine

Before the 19th-century, traders were fortifying their Douro Valley dry wines with aguardente, a neutral grape brandy, to protect it from spoiling as it floated under the hot sun from the Douro Valley to Porto and then overseas.  It wasn’t until an extremely hot harvest in the 1820s that Douro’s grapes produced more sugar than their yeasts could ferment and the wine was fortified semi-sweet!

Nov 14, 2021

TAWNY PORT 101 + And Our Tawny Port Spiked Pumpkin Pie!

Take your Tawny Port understanding full circle by not only learning 101 and pairing tips but also infusing America’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert with this golden nectar!

Nov 14, 2021

Foods Not to Miss On Your Next Trip to Portugal!

From the cheese of Serra da Estrela to the alheira sausage, food in Portugal is rich in flavor and history. In this post we cover our top traditional staple foods found across Portugal as well as foods from Portugal's Algarve region.

Nov 4, 2021

Thanksgiving Wine PAIRING & Recipe GUIDE, Portuguese style!

 As the season for festive smorgasbords, lengthy meals, and free-flowing libations approaches, we’d like to inspire you with countless ways to pair one of our great Portuguese partners’ food-friendly Ports, Douro DOC wines and olive oil with your Thanksgiving spread.

Oct 10, 2021

Port Cocktail Recipe Guide!

Our comprehensive list of Port cocktails are delicious and super easy. Using rosé Port, Tawny Port and white Port these recipes are so easy you don't need to be a mixologist to get them right!

Sep 22, 2021

An Overview of the Douro Valley: Wines, Ports, Vines and Land

In a sea of Portugal’s granite cobblestone streets,  Portugal's Douro Valley is an island of schist. Learn about the unique topography, soils, grapes and wine styles that make this UNESCO World Heritage region so unique. 

May 7, 2021

Douro Valley Seasons & When to Visit

Locals say a year in Douro Valley is made up of nine months of winter and three of hell. While Portuguese are self-proclaimed dramatists, the region and its offerings change with the seasons. This guide will help you pick the best one for you!
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