Portugal’s Douro Valley Near the Algarve Offers A Vintage Treat
Most people would agree that the simple pairing of wine, or port wine in particular, with cheese is an old-age pleasure that has no fear of dying out. In a country where both are plentiful and a range of wonderful new tastes await the discerning traveller; it is no wonder that the Algarve is a popular holiday destination for those who like a side order of gourmet delights with their sunshine.
As port enthusiasts and connoisseurs will confess, a wine tasting holiday for those who are new to the experience, is more than just a trip to the local vineyard to stock up on cheap booze. A true tasting implies soaking up the culture and learning a little about the history of the wine in order to fully appreciate the aromas and flavours of the vines, each wine telling a tale of the land, history of the soil and the climate of the country in which it has been produced.
Hidden in the peaceful Douro Valley, just little over an hour’s drive from the popular holiday lets and self-catering accommodation of the Algarve’s Vale do Lobo popular self-catering holiday villa resort lies the well-known Taylor’s Port House.
Noted worldwide as a benchmark for vintage port, Taylor’s mixes only the finest of fruits from its own estates. Nestled in a beautiful valley and not far from both the coastline and the airport, Taylor’s Port House is a hidden gem of Portuguese culture and produce.
Within easy driving distance from the main Algarve resorts lined with luxurious yet low cost holiday villas, tourists are invited to visit the port house to learn about the production of the legendary beverage that has graced many a household dinner table. Visitor’s will also be able to participate in a tasting experience of three of Taylor’s different port wines: an extra dry white, a late bottled vintage and a very special Tawny 10 year old. Premium port tastings are also available and all tours leave every 30 – 40 minutes. Other local activities can easily be arranged through the Taylor Port House and include a visit to the Taylor gift shop, olive oil tastings and even Port wine workshops.
People participating in local tours such as wine tasting, can also continue their cultural holiday experience in the array of nearby tapas bars where everything from a good house wine to an decadent brandy is readily available and for a reasonable price. Visitors who prefer the freedom self-catering accommodation can offer over a hotel, can enjoy
their beverage purchases in the comfort of their holiday villa.
With plenty of self-catering accommodation available, the proximity of a selection of wine tasting tours across the Algarve make themselves just as suitable for large groups as they are for small ones.
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About Premier Holidays: Premier Holidays is a British company specialising in luxury holiday villas and apartments for the discerning traveller looking for a different holiday experience. Premier Holidays was founded in 1994 initially specialising in high-end villa holidays to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and has subsequently grown into one of the most trusted and established villa holiday specialists in Europe.