VINO! VINO! FUNICULAR

Vino! Vino!

My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, one of the highlights of our OPORTO holiday was visiting the PORT side of the RIO DOURO.

We traveled down to the PONTE LUIS by FUNICULAR.

I must say as we went over the drop, rather like a slow ROLLER-COASTER, my FUNICULAR tightened!

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The walk across the bridge on the two person path with competition for space from passing pedestrians, buses and cars alongside is HAIRY enough to make you DESPERATE for an ALCOHOLIC BEVERIDGE! Although it is handy having the odd WING-MIRROR to apply fresh LIP-BALM!

From the VILA NOVA DE GAIA there is a wonderful view across the river to the RIBEIRA district and the CATHEDRAL reaching towards the sky.

 

Traditional ROBELO boats UNIQUE to the DOURO region that carry PORT and other goods along the river.

WHITE PORT, chilled 3 euros for TWO glasses of DELICIOUSNESS, enjoyed in a small, friendly local bar. SEVERAL TIMES!

 

The FABULOUS PORTO AUGUSTOS, one of only three remaining Portuguese PORT businesses. If you only visit one cellar and a WINE TASTING, forget the big boys, TAYLORS, COCKBURNS, SANDEMANS etc., treat yourself to a visit here. Up a little side street and at only 5 euros for the tour and a wine tasting, which is deducted from the price of a purchase if made and who wouldn’t.

The tour was informative, interesting, funny and delivered with enthusiasm by a member of the family; she was clearly a  PORT WINE lover. The tasting was fun and a treat to the taste-buds. Our kind guide brought us EXTRAS, it would have been rude to refuse so we ploughed on with VINTAGE WHITES, TAWNYS and REDS.

We chose a 20 ANOS TINTO, full of flavours with hints of WALNUTS and VANILLA, delicious.

Yours Portily

Celia

 

PORTO AUGUSTOS website: http://www.portoaugustos.pt/

 

 

 

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