To Blend or not to Blend, that is the Question!

As far as we remember, the Douro has always been a land where we were blending grapes. Blending in the vineyards, blending in the stone lagares, blending in the cellar and blending before bottling! Over 200 grape varieties exist in the Douro, the READ MORE

Moon and Wine, Myth or Reality!?!

Even when we do not see it, it is somewhere up there and its gravity, as we all know, creates the tides on our blue planet. The Moon, the lonely satellite of planet Earth has always been captivating humans throughout history. Some believe READ MORE

Proper Glass for Port

We are often asked what is a good glass to drink Port from. Here are a few tips to choose the perfect glass. Port wine should be considered more like wine, less like a spirit. You want a glass with a shape that READ MORE

The secret in our barrels

Traditionally, portuguese grape growers and producers from the Douro valley would store the recently vinified Port in large barrels named balseiro or tonnel until spring. As the Douro winter is cold, Port Wine could safely remain there. Before the hot days of Summer, READ MORE

The bishop of Norwich Port tradition – pass the Port!

Port Wine is surrounded by myths and traditions. There are plenty of them from Port production to Port consumption. One that we can still experience today in terms of Port production is the one that forbade ladies to step into the lagar to READ MORE

How to pronounce Port and Portuguese wine words

On his first visit to our winery, in July 2012, Christopher Pfaff, a Port Wine lover from Germany who runs Passion Portwein, made a video with me explaining how to pronounce the Portuguese terms used in the Port business. They are mostly related READ MORE

Japan, the country that everybody should discover

For the first time in my life, I have visited Japan. I was not there in a personal trip, as I had wished. Actually, I’ve spent only three days on business, as we are determined to find distribution for our wines in the READ MORE

Construction of the future Tua dam in the Douro valley

Humans have always used nature to take advantage for their own interests. For many centuries that the Douro river was used for Port Wine transport, from the area we know as Douro valley to Vila Nova de Gaia, where Port would then be READ MORE

Life on the Douro in the Douro Film Harvest

The 2011 edition of the Douro Film Harvest, which starts today on September 5th, is the festival elected by Zev Robinson to present his newest documentary already mentioned on this blog for a couple of times, Life on the Douro. Zev started shooting READ MORE

Tokaji Aszu and Tokaji Essencia – Why it is worth to visit Hungary

Tokaj is the name of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, located in the northeast of the current boundaries of Hungary. The region gives its name to the wine, Tokaji, which together with Port, are two of the most well known READ MORE

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