Vidago Palace Hotel
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An early morning wake up was followed by a short Taxi ride to pick up the hire car. Then we left Porto behind and headed up the Douro Valley on the wrong side of the road. The Douro is a Unesco World heritage grape growing and wine making region. It's not hard to understand why. This place is breathtaking! Our first visit was right up the very top of the valley at a place called Pesseguiro. Our friends from the cork company arranged ...
... in September and October.
I entered the area from the northeast, high elevation land
in Tras-Os-Montes province, and dropped spectacularly down about 2,000 feet of
grape terraces to the riverbank at the village of Tua, only to climb up the
same distance to a town named Alijo. From there it was down again through
gorgeous terraced vineyards to Pinhao, a small town along the river that’s sort
of the physical and touristic center ...
... Tras-O-Montes province is supposed to be Portugal’s most traditional, like a place left back in time. I started to see signs of it here already – old ladies dressed in black walking their long-horned cows home from the field to the barn for the evening, ox-drawn carts used to spread manure, old folks walking along the road with rakes and hoes over their shoulders, shepherds in the mountain pastures. This really feels like the ...
... the winemaker.
They took the family home and made it into three duplexes so the three of them could live there to insure the farm continues...oh, and I didn't mention that the coop does not allow farms to be split. It was either keep it whole or sell. That was unacceptable to this family.
They were dynamic, they love what they do and it showed. These farm visits have been some of the highlights of our tour.
We had lunch...yes, we ...
... heights induced misery) but instead we settled on a compromise of finding a real road after a certain point. After all, what was expected to take only a couple of hours was turning into an all-day affair (without a lunch stop, whaa).
We arrived at our Pousada mid-afternoon in the little town of Alijo and promptly settled in. Fortunately for us, the restaurant was first class and we dined well. The next day we drove down the mountain, yet again, ...