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Why Visit Portugal?

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and is visited by millions of tourists every year. However, this welcoming southern European country is popular for more than just its golden beaches, vibrant cities, and medieval castles. Wine tasting tours of the Douro Valley, Alentejo, Lisbon and the island of Madeira are not to be missed. Portugal is also home of the world-famous Port wine and no wine tasting holiday is complete without visiting the Port houses that line the river in Porto

If you are enthusiastic about wine, a wine tasting holiday in Portugal is for you. The country’s winemakers produce an impressive diversity of wines, embracing indigenous grape varieties and skilfully blending traditional with modern techniques. Expand your knowledge of Portugal’s best-known export, Port wine, on a guided tour of Porto’s Port houses. For a unique experience book a wine tasting tour of the Douro Valley during harvest season and you will have the opportunity to witness the traditional foot-treading of the grapes and even lend a hand (or foot in this case!)   

Portugal’s culinary scene is diverse and delicious whether you’re looking for extraordinary Michelin-starred dining or a more casual tapas bar experience. The country is a foodie’s paradise, offering an abundance of regional produce such as the smoothest olive oil produced from the vast olive groves in Alentejo. Seafood is particularly plentiful and features on menus throughout the country. The Winerist team can recommend a food tasting tour to tantalise your tastebuds.  

If you’re seeking a winter escape from the colder temperatures of northern Europe look no further than the Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores. These picturesque, peaceful islands are ideal for R&R and offer some excellent wine and food tasting experiences.     

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