The silent art of the portwine-maker (2 days)
Intense port wine route in the emblematic wine region of Douro and Porto
There is now a highly savoury region that every travelling winelovers needs to tick once in their lifetime: Douro and Northern Portugal
Over the years, I have consistently progressed into wine and wine-making, multiplying experiences in the world of wines, either in wineries or simply writing articles for lifestyle and travel magazines. Prior to this I have worked in operations and logistics assignments involving seamless material flows between production plants. I guess my organisation skills come from these years.
My interest in wine started like an affair with sparkling wines, particularly Champagne and then Cava. It triggered a learning process on all possible wine topics. I am constantly thrilled by the intriguing chemistry betwen the wine and the people behind wines. This is so true for oenology. We understand the underlying wine culture with a bit of time, a stroll in the vineyard as we exchnage with the winemaker. Wine through travelling is also very rewarding, time and time again, it fuels fantastic discoveries.
I am a keen promoter of wine escapes, convinced this entertaining approach fits everyone's taste.
Just a little word of thanks for your Slowwines people! I thought our trip got off to a bad start, as upon arrival at the airport in Madrid, the rental car agency never seem to have heard of us! We called the Spanish office straight away and in less than half an hour, we had a nice car to start our self-drive tour to Ribera del Duero. Instructions were clear, this wasn't just a map an a few directions. The tour itself was perfectly timed and measured! We never drove long distances and arrived at the scheduled visits without hurrying! That was pure pleasure.
I didn’t know a lot about Spanish wine production, but I like wine and I like Spain, so I decided to learn more and booked a trip to Rioja with SW. It was just great! Everything clear from the beginning, the scheduling of our trip was perfect. Accommodation as expected. We appreciated a lot to travel this way for our 10th wedding anniversary. The guide was always available and translated explanations given in Spanish! I already look forward to traveling to the Sherry region with you guys. Thanks again!
Thank you for your service and attention! Your recommendations were great and we discovered unexpected cellars and places in the Rioja. Everybody was extremely friendly and welcomed us in a familiar way. We never felt as tourists, but part of the wine houses. It truly was an amazing wine tour!
2 days - The silent art of the portwine-maker
from €685 pp