More than any other European country, Portugal has remained steepped in tradition even as it has modernized. The grapes for certain wines are still painstakingly trodden by foot in ancient lagers, and in the hilly wine regions of the northeast, vineyards must still be worked by hand.
|Pressing grapes by foot.|
Portugal is more known for its Port, than for its wine. Port is of course a sweet, fortified wine that can be aged for centuries. Port comes from only one place in the world, that is the 70-mile-long demarcated Port region in the Douro river valley. In Portugal the river cuts a gorgelike valley through the arid, rocky, unforgiving land, ultimately crossing the entire country and washing into the Atlantic at the town of Oporto, which by the way is the town that Port derived its name from.
Madeira is also famous in Portugal.
|The beautiful Douro Valley.|
Alentejo - red;
Bairrada - red;
Dao - red;
Douro - red;
Vinho verde - white
Setubal - white (fortified, sweet).
|Pasteis De Nata.|
|Portugese Stuffed Squid.|
|Portugese Fried Cod..|
Anyone can go to lodges on their own, but special VIP private tours are organized by top operators where vineyard owners and winemakers themselves will be hosts to the participants, with visits to hidden restaurants, and sampling of Portugues cuisine and the best wines, Ports and Madiera.