AC Hotel Porto by Marriott
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We had two nights here and the middle day was intended to be a mad dash visiting more far off places but the town was lovely and the apartment was generally good. I also discovered the virtues of vinho verdi - a light slightly spritzy white. It was of course made by the uncle of the managers of the restaurant. the uncle also owned the building which had the bar and about 6 apartments. Keep it in the family.
The town had held a ...
... of it was down hill because this city is like many coastal European cities, hilly! Port wine is one of their biggest exports along with cork. The country of Portugal provides almost 65% of the worlds cork. Most of that is due to the climate which is ideal for the cork tree.
We ended our tour at the Cálem port winery. The guide, who was informative and funny, explained the port wine making process, ...
... realised that Port was originally from Portugal. The city continues to drink the delectable fortified wine by the barrel load with the big companies having Port Caves (cellar doors) along the city's Douro river. Unfortunately these had closed by the time we got there (it was only 6pm, obviously Porto businesses don't run on Spain time!) so we missed trying a few samples. Our lose was to be our gain though as we then decided to venture out to the Douro valley the ...
... to the only restaurant a few Klms away...interesting all round. Vicki and I had our normal aperitif of choice in Portugal, Porto blanco with tonic. Strangely an old Australian series with Portuguese sub titles was playing on the tv! One never truly escapes. Friday July 4 Up early to get out of the place and breakfast nothing worth having but an orange - we were keen to move onto one of the cafés en route for our caffeine hit which was after walking through some wooded lanes and ...
... to come with. Next thing there was 12 of us going on a self guided wine tour. We headed down to the port, crossed the huge bridge and made it to two port wineries, not before we stopped to have a snack, I had some of the local custard tarts with cinnamon which is a must in porto. We eventually made our way to the Offley and Taylors port wineries.
We did the tours and then had our wine tastings. Offley had ports that were rather ...