Bye, Bye Porto; Hello Madeira

By October 17, 2011Winemakers

Well, we leave mainland Portugal tomorrow for Madeira which will be a completely different experience. But we had a wonderful final day: we left Galicia at 9:30am which was really 8:30am in Portugal. Seems silly that there is a time change but we needed to factor that in our calculations because we were expected at Casa de Vilaverde at 11:30am Portugal time. Vilaverde is about 40 K from Porto in the vinho verde district. This was my 3rd time at Vilaverde but since they started offering catering services, we decided to book them also for lunch. I love visiting this kind of winery because for wine lovers, it’s a trifecta: wine, culture and cuisine all rolled into one visit. We had the run of the manorhouse, parts of which date to the 12th century! We had our tasting in the 12th century tower under the tutelage of the winemaker. They use 5 grapes in their vinho verde: Arinto, Tessadura, Loureiro, Pederna and Alvarinho.

Since we have an 8am flight for Funchal, we all need to get to bed early, including yours truly. Our next issue of the Wine Lovers blog will be from the magical isle of Madeira, so talk to you soon. Boa noite!

Lunch at Casa de Vilaverde

tasting in the tower room

bedroom in Vilaverde from the 1700's

chandelier in the manor house

Casa de Vilaverde, Lousada

azulejos in the chapel

The Chapel at Casa de Vilaverde

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