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It’s All About the People

Who else makes up this vibrant region of Portugal? Virginia Miller tells us her perspective on the people of Vinho Verde. Heads-up, if it wasn’t already on your wine destination list, it will be now.

 

Check out this amazing eco-friendly resort for your next trip: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2016/12/02/hungry-concierge-monverde-hotel-portugal/

Surprising Sparklers

Surprise! There’s sparkling Vinho Verde. And it’s really quite delicious. Just ask Virginia Miller.

 

Intrigued? Try one of these two sparkling Vinho Verde wines.

Casal Garcia Sparkling White or Aphros Loureiro Reserva Brut

Adventure Around Vinho Verde

It may not be #TravelTuesday, but that won’t stop us from traveling around two exciting sub-regions of Vinho Verde. Reverse Wine Snob brings us the scoop on what’s happening in Amarante and Lima. Find out what fun things you can do when you visit! Hint: There’s more than just wine tasting.

Reverse Wine Snob writes: “One of the most exciting aspects of being a winelover is not just drinking a wine from a faraway region, but actually visiting there and experiencing the wine in the context of its history, its people and its culture.” If you can’t travel there in reality, we’ll give you the virtual version!

Read the full article here: http://www.reversewinesnob.com/take-a-tour-of-vinho-verde#more-39059

An Ideal Retreat: The Monverde Hotel in Portugal

Experience the luxury of this new eco-friendly hotel that offers a fine-dining restaurant and its own winery!

 

Virginia Miller writes, “Eco-friendly vineyards with a state-of-the-art winery, a carbon-neutral hotel, expansive grounds, eco-lodging opening out onto the vineyards and a fine-dining restaurant? This isn’t Napa, it’s Portugal. Opened in August 2015, Monverde Hotel is the first hotel of its kind, not just in the idyllic Douro wine region (where Vinho Verde wines hail from), but in the whole country.

Home to Quinta da Lixa winery, which produces a range of Vinho Verde wines, Monverde is in the countryside near the village of Amarante, about 30 miles east of the city of Porto (where you’ll find Portugal’s famed port houses). It’s a 74-acre estate of gently rolling terrain and rows of grapevines leading to a stately main building designed by local architect Fernando Coelho. The property houses 15 guest rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a luxurious vinotherapy spa that utilizes restorative grape seeds, skin and stems in treatments. The expansive indoor/outdoor pool, which includes a Turkish bath and sauna, is divided by mirrored glass and lined with white chairs for lounging. You can choose from a range of massages including Ayurvedic and hot stone, with materials sourced from the nearby Tâmega River.”

 

We’re ready to take a trip! Get the full article with all the tips and highlight from Food Republic: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2016/12/02/hungry-concierge-monverde-hotel-portugal/

Destination Wineries

What’s the next wine destination on your list? Jessica Colley Clarke has some suggestions for you. In her recent article in Departures Magazine, she recommends a visit to Quinta da Aveleda in Vinho Verde. In addition to the enjoying the great quality wines, the winery “offers exposure to the winemaking process, beginning with tours of the estate vineyards on foot or by tractor.”

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Read more about the exquisite gardens and other special winery experience in the full article!

Tourism Booming in the Vinho Verde Region

Wine tourism is booming in Portugal, especially in the country’s most northern region: Vinho Verde. Many of Vinho Verde’s top producers have recently renovated their wineries and surrounding estates adding boutique luxury hotels, day spas and tasting rooms to accommodate wine tourists, honeymooners, and explorers alike. These wineries are located throughout Vinho Verde’s lush countryside, some as close as an hour or so from the city of Oporto.

Planning a trip or looking for a travel story idea?
Read more and see photos here:

http://www.winesofvinhoverde.com/wine-tourism-in-portugals-vinho-verde-region