Quinta do Paco Hotel
Travel Blogs from Vila Real
... Lamego and a 1700s church that had a staircase of 685 steps reaching it. The stairs were broken up into segments separated by landings with statues and fountains. No, we did not walk up them, but we did walk down them to the center of town after visiting the church via bus. The church is also somewhat infamous in that there is a statue of the virgin mother was a bare breast, nursing the baby Jesus (the only one in the world?).
... as it went down the ages and the taste was amazing. Our favourite was definitely the 40 year. It was smooth and caramel tasting. The 20 year was also very nice but without as much flavour. The other two could be taken or left really! Richard really liked the 40yr and since we were here I bought it for him as an early birthday present! They say you can keep this port for as long as you like! After this visit we went back into Pinhau ...
... books in the winter lounge over looking the vineyards. At 4pm we went for the wine tour and at 6pm the sun finally came back out! I wondered outside for a while but the seats we all wet! We had a great day reading and relaxing but a shame about the weather. We went for the 5 moments at dinner tonight! Stunning ...
... then ice cream on apples and puff pasty. The portions are small and you can enjoy the food without being overly full. We shared a wine tasting moment as well which was 6 different glasses of wine from this vineyard! Very different to wines we have at home, I haven't heard of most of these grapes and they are all blends. Very nice though. We loved the ice cream so much we asked for seconds, it was really creamy and vanilla - beautiful! ...
... the pruning until late November.
Along the way, our hosts chattered away, sharing tidbit after tidbit of the story of life along the Douro. Hugo pointed out the schist posts used in the vineyards – the poor man’s post. Large corporate farms have a different look, larger terraces and modern tools and equipment. Farther up the tributary valleys, small farms use whatever is available and schist, a form of shale, ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet