From the Winelands of Portugal . . .

Travelling from the Winelands of Portugal’s Douro Valley to the Winelands of Spain’s Rioja By Bill Warry, Wines and Tours Ltd. The next time you’re enjoying a glass of port, thank politics. Without treaties, trade and conflict, you’d likely just be drinking red wine. For centuries, much of the wine…

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So many Douro Valley Wine Tours

So many Douro Valley Wine Tours from www.winesandtours.co.uk ! by Victor Marques. About eight years ago I invited two wine merchant friends from the UK,  Bill Warry and Nicholas Collis, to join me on a Douro Valley wine tour I had organised for some Swiss customers of mine. They were…

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Fun, Fun, Fun

We do have such fun on our Wine Tours. It’s almost a motto: “I want to have fun every day.” There’s something about wine enthusiasts that seems to make them bond together and enjoy themselves. Here are a few pictures taken during our recent Douro Valley ones. We give lots…

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Steam Trains and Wine

While spending a few days in the Alsace wine region, famous for its Cremants d’Alsace, its Rieslings, its Gewurztraminers and its Pinot Gris. I couldn’t help thinking how different the latter is in Alsace from its Italian counterpart of the same Grape varietal. Much sweeter and fruitier. As a whole,…

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Tasting Vinhos Norte Wines

The other day I had occasion, at a Portuguese Wine Tasting, to re-taste the range of Vinho Verde Wines produced by Vinhos Norte, one of the producers partnering with us on our Portuguese Wine Tours. In the whites, the Alvarinho grape predominates; a number of their wines are blended with…

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Wine Tour in the Douro Valley

The Douro is blessed with an incredible climate for growing vines and fruit trees. It has heat coupled with a plentiful supply of water from the rivers, but the terrain is harsh and mountainous, necessitating much human toil that has been taken over by machines in flat wine-producing regions.

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