Come autumn, every wine lover pays keen attention to vineyard stories: a time of lush fruit, turning leaves and the promise of great wines in the coming year. As the ebbing summer comes to a close, we do our very best to reach these vineyards in hopes of experiencing a touch of the harvest: smelling the earth, while bending low to pick the very best grapes, our hands dripping in sweet juice.
This year, we’ll be sharing a bit of the magic on Catavino live from the Douro valley in Portugal. Over the course of the next week, 5 adventurers from around the world (including myself), will tour the Douro Valley in Portugal, renowned for their Porto wines among many other styles of wine ranging from deep dark reds to creamy rich whites. The Douro is a diverse region with landscapes that never fail to invoke a smile; and with the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP) being our trusting host, I have full faith that our experience will be memorable.
Over the last half decade, we’ve spent a considerable time exploring the Douro valley, but rarely have we had the opportunity to introduce its rich beauty, friendly people, and stunning wines to newcomers. Now we are! Using every source of transportation possible – trains, planes, automobiles and boats – our crew will lift of up their pant legs and dive into the tank to stomp sweet grapes into a perfect purple concoction. And right when hunger strikes, we’ll fill our bellies with cozido, fresh fish, rustic cheeses and the ever famous, bacalhau. Our heads will swim with the history of the very first demarcated wine region in the world, and we’ll sit alongside some of the oldest port makers who will share their knowledge of generations of port making.
The best part of the story, however, is that you can join us on this journey without leaving the comfort of your home. With the help of two mobile mifi units, and a bit of luck, we’ll be tweeting pictures, stories and videos from our wanders. If you’re on Twitter, all you need to do is follow the hashtag #Douro12. If not, you can go to http://eventifier.co/event/douro2012 where all our photos, videos and tweets will show up.
In November, Catavino will dedicate the month to the wines of the Douro, both the amazing table wines, and of course, Port wine. Catavino will talk about how it’s made, what to pair with it, and what to do when you visit Porto! We’re going to cover as much as we can, and if you want anything specifically answered, just let us know in the comments below!
We’re super excited to be offering this, and we hope that this is only the first of many more wine regions that we can dedicate time to so that you can not only learn about them, but also visit them yourself one day.