Peso da Régua Municipality

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  • Day40

    Day 40: East to the Alto Douro

    March 27, 2017 in Portugal

    Time to leave Porto for our last couple of days in Portugal! We were heading eastwards to the Alto Douro wine growing region (so named because it's around the Douro River), where they grow and manufacture the port wine that Portugal is famous for. In a two-for-one deal, it was also a UNESCO World Heritage site, since wine has been grown here since Roman times, and the sides of the canyons around the river have been turned into thousands of terraces.

    We left Porto around 11am and headed east, first on the freeway and then soon afterwards following the course of the river. Arrived in the first of several towns along the river at around 1pm and had a light lunch of sandwiches and wraps before checking out the museum dedicated to wine-making and port in general. Quite interesting, and some good info I'll be able to use in my video of the area!

    Drove further along the river and checked out a couple of view-points before eventually deciding to stop at a winery. We recognised the name Sandeman from one of the port caves in Porto, so we drove up their comically long driveway and had a look. Did the tour which was good, interesting to see that because the terraces are so narrow their grapes are all still hand-picked, though the process of crushing is now done with robots rather than human feet.

    Then of course came the tasting which was the best part. Had a good chat with the Canadian retirees who were on our tour, though had to cut it a bit short when we realised our Airbnb host Antonio was waiting for us in a carpark about 30 minutes drive away. We'd missed a previous message from him, though were still in the wrong as we said we'd be arriving between 3 and 5pm, and it was now just before 5pm. Whoops.

    Drove back in a very safe hurry, met him with no problems (he gave no indication he was at all put out by the delay) and then followed him up the hills to our accommodation. We're staying in the downstairs floor of his house, where I think port was once produced. They still have a small vineyard out the front and produce a few hundred bottles each year. He gave us a welcome drink from the 1959 vintage! It's apparently family tradition that you drink the previous-but-one generation's port. So he drinks his grandfather's port, while his son drinks his father's port. And one day his (eventual) grandson will drink his port.

    He was very clear that the 1959 bottle was for tasting only, though we were welcome to shell out 95 euros for a bottle if we wanted! He also had vintages available going back to 1910!! We politely declined, though it was very nice.

    Decided against going into town for dinner since we'd only just arrived and we don't like leaving Schnitzel in totally unfamiliar places. So I popped down to the supermarket and picked up supplies - pizza and egg tarts, naturally. Early start tomorrow, as we have a 2 hour drive to our next world heritage site! Though we're staying here again tomorrow night.
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  • Day10

    Peso da Régua

    March 10 in Portugal

    Samedi, 10 mars 2018
    Quelques timides rayons de soleil nous accueillent ce matin après deux jours de tempête et de pluie. ( pour hier étaient annoncés 25mm). Un des "must" de tout voyage au Portugal est au programme aujourd'hui: la haute vallée du Douro avec son vignoble, berceau du Porto. De nombreux producteurs invitent à la visite de leur leur "Quinta". Nous essayons chez "Sandeman", mais l'accueil n'est pas à la hauteur de l'endroit. Depuis cette cave on jouit d'une vue à 360°, trop beau! La route suit le fleuve jusqu'à Pinhão, ensuite faudrait continuer en bateau ou en train. Nous restons dans ce petit village avec port d'où partaient les fûts de vin en direction de Porto pour l'affinage. La gare est décoré de magnifiques azulejos. Nous testons la cuisine de "grand-mère" locale au Restaurant Ponte Grande: saucisse à rôtir fumée, porc au vin rouge, agneau et une sorte de cassoulet, superbon. Le tout précédé d'un verre de porto rouge et suivi d'un blanc avec le dessert. La sieste s'impose! Nous retournons sur la même route jusqu'à Peso da Régua où nous profitons de la nouvelle place pour camping-cars au bord du Douro.Read more

  • Day57

    Peso de Regua

    August 1, 2017 in Portugal

    Peso de Regua is one of the main tourist towns in the Douro Valley (Portugal's famous region for Port production), but is itself fairly nondescript and uninteresting. It took us about 2 hours to drive here from Porto. Our accomodation (Quinta de Moroccos) was, as we discovered, across the river from the town and a few kilometres further along. It is a working farm, that makes port wine and table wine. Our arrival at the accomodation at about 3pm was fairly chaotic; a young woman rustled through loose papers in a drawer, uncertain (it seemed) for some while whether we or the other two couples who had turned up had a booking or whether the rooms were available. We ended up with our own living area - bedroom, bathroom, lounge and extra bedroom. It was a tight fit with our luggage in the bedroom (not much room for the backpacks on either side of the bed), and the linen was quite fragrant so there were the usual problems sleeping (in due course). On the positive side, at about 6pm we did the accomodation's winery tour with Cesar (his great grandfather had established the Quinta in a former monastery, named itself for giving shelter to Morrocans, hence the name of the Quinta). The tour was wonderful, with its of explanations about the how the wine was produced, a four course dinner with wines and port...followed by port tasting (of course!).Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Peso da Régua, Peso da Regua, Peso da Régua Municipality

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