Portugal is known for many things, its great beaches, fantastic golf facilities and year round sunshine being just the icing on the cake for one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. One of the things that Portugal is renowned for is its many wine producing regions that create some of the finest tasting wines. If you go into any supermarket you are bound to see several bottles of Portuguese wines from across the country, whether you prefer red, white or rose there is bound to be something to please your palate! If you are a wine buff or just fancy an excuse to explore this fascinating country, a wine tour is a great way to impress your friends at the next dinner party.
One of the things that make Portuguese wines so special is that many of the small vineyards are populated with grapes that are unique to Portugal. Many locals believe that in order to really get a taste for the country it is necessary to sample some of the wines, which is handy for those about to embark on a wine tasting tour! The first stop on any Portuguese wine holiday is Dao which produces some of Portugal's best red wines. Situated in the north of central Portugal below the stunning Douro River, Dao is one of the most spectacular places that you will visit on your wine journey.
On the opposite side of the wine spectrum are the delicious Vinho Verde white wines that come out of the northwest of the country. The name of the wine literally translates into 'green wine' which refers to the fact that the grapes grow in a picturesque green valley along the coastline. From green to brown, the Barraida vineyards are the next stop on the wine tour and take visitors into an area steeped in controversy.
Back in the 18th century Barraida was deemed unsuitable for lawful port production due to an adulteration scandal. The vineyards were ripped out however centuries later they are back to their best and produce many dark, fruity wines. The word 'Barraida' literally means 'clay' which is connected to the brown soil that dominates the area. Port lovers will appreciate the final stop on this Portuguese wine journey, Douro is known by many to be the 'Port Country' and is responsible for some of the richest ports in the world.
If the thought of sampling just a selection of these wines has you reaching for the corkscrew, make sure you take advantage of this fantastic holiday opportunity. Never has a holiday in the sun tasted so good!
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