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Tag Archives: enotourism

Friday Feature Photo: Herdade do Esporão, Portugal

Photographer: Ricardo Bernardo Capture Date: May 26, 2012 Location: Herdade do Esporão, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal About: Table set in Herdade do Esporão’s recently renovated restaurant in the Alentejo.  Between the lagoon, and the table, young vines from this charismatic Alentejo wine producer can be seen. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact us directly if you’re keen to purchase any of Catavino Friday Photo images. Note that the images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission of the photographer.

Quinta do Vallado: Revisiting an Old Friend in the Douro Valley

Many moons ago, Ryan and I took our first trip to Portugal. The year was 2003, and our objective was to celebrate our marriage among the vines, the winding city streets and with any luck, to create a memory that would become the foundation of our relationship. Three weeks of exploration, and diving into the unknown with only 2 backpacks and no cellphone, led to an incredible adventure. The trip took us as far as south as the Alentejo, as far north as the Minho; and although there were several places that left a lifelong impression on me, it was the Douro that held center stage on this trip. For those of you who haven’t visited Portugal, it’s important to note […]

A Tale of Two Portuguese Regions: Douro and Serra da Estrela Are Calling

Editor’s Note: Invited by the Douro e Estrela – In Tourism  project, our Catavino contributor Sonia Nolasco spent five days in June traveling through the Douro Valley and the Serra da Estrela region’s Beira Interior. Sonia gorged at countless gastronomical feasts, imbibed great quantities of wine, and checked out hunky, shirtless Portuguese men on her trip—all for the sake of bringing you this two-part report. Enjoy! Imagine traveling about an hour through pitch black darkness, going to sleep not quite sure where you are at the moment—only to find yourself a few hours later waking up to the beauty in the picture above. That’s not likely how I would’ve planned it, but in the end that’s part of what made the […]

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Ribera del Duero

The past few years have been good to the Ribera del Duero wine region in North Central Spain; but much like Sonoma in California wine country, it has had to contend with a more popular older sibling, Rioja. That said, given the region’s much deserved recent international notoriety, things are changing. On a recent trip to Ribera del Duero, I gained a new appreciation for this incredible region for which I’d love to share with you a few of my top highlights. Keep in mind, this is not a complete list, but rather several highlights that I think will most definitely pique your interest, and if we’re lucky, have you booking a trip to this region very soon! 1. World […]

Aquapura: A Slice of Extravagance in the Douro Valley

Recently, while sneaking off to the Douro Valley for a much needed vacation, we briefly stayed at Aquapura, a converted 19th century manor house near Regua. Nestled in 8 hectares of rolling vineyards, this 5 star hotel combines sleek, modern lines with the gentle and calming elements of Feng Shui. It is an homage to peace and tranquility, with dimmed lights to calm the nerves, aromas of herbs and flowers to ease the senses and large open spaces to unleash the spirit. Friends and family had lauded its excellence, as did the 20+ bloggers who visited last year after the EWBC, leading to a much anticipated visit. For weeks I was dreaming of grape oil massages, warm starlit evenings sipping […]

Catavino’s Travel Woes: How We Got Screwed by Delta !!UPDATED!!

In the course of our lives, we have all experienced difficulties with air travel. Whether it’s a canceled flight, excessive turbulence, poor airline food or rocket high prices when checking in your luggage, we’ve all been there. What doesn’t happen often is when an airline makes you pay twice for the same ticket. Last July, when arriving to the airport, ridiculously excited to get on our way to the USA to attend the WBC, we made the one fatal error that you pray you never make in your life as a traveler. We misread the ticket and thought the 11:20am flight was actually, 11:20pm. In the hierarchy of stupidity, this rates rather high. Taking a deep breath to gather our […]

Barcelona: Which Wineries You Can Visit By Train

Quite often, we receive requests from people visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon or Oporto, as to which wineries they can visit by train, taxi or foot. Our responses have commonly been, “Good question! And to be quite honest, I don’t know!” Well, maybe Oporto is the exception, as you have a plethora you can get to, but the rest are rather iffy at best. As mentioned in several articles on Catavino, enotourism in Iberia is rather primitive at best. Very few wineries even allow visits, less have someone speaking anything other than their regional language, and just a handful will actually go out of their way to make your transportation to their winery convenient and easy. That said, we decided to […]

Where is the Future of Wine Tourism Heading? A Summary of The Wine Pleasures Conference

Waking up Saturday morning in Sitges for the Wine Pleasures Conference, I shuffled into the hotel bathroom to take a shower. Feeling rather groggy from staying up half the night listening to the wind howling against the windows, water spraying up against our second story windows, I assumed that hot water would clear the senses and prepare me for a jam packed conference weekend. However, just as conditioner was gently rinsed from my hair, I was left in the dark. Pitch blackness settled like a thick blanket around me in the windowless bathroom. What happened? The Wine Pleasures Conference kicked off in the midst of a massive wind storm that swept through Italy, France and Spain, leaving the hotel with […]

Day Trip to Bodega Torres

Editor’s note: This article was written in 2006, and I am no longer an English teacher, but the information here is as relevant now as it was then. Iberia does not hide winemaking from children, nor do I sense they ever will.   Allow me to begin this post with the pronouncement that I am an English teacher and have been one since my arrival to Spain almost two years ago. The difference now being that in Barcelona, I am kindergarten teacher as opposed to a language teacher to multinational companies. Obviously, it has been quite the transition. Not only has it been a transition learning how to be a language teacher to small children, but it has also been […]