Heathen Wine Tours heads to Portugal and Spain! Oh yeah, and what if we do this while they are in the middle of harvest???? WHATTTTT? That's right our wine making friends have summoned us to come get dirty and this is by far the best summons I've ever been part of!!!
We'll start our trip with a 3 night stay in the north of Portugal in the town of Amarante at the 5 star Relais & Chateaux resort, Casa da Calcada. This 16th century palace sits overlooking the Tamega River and is the home to a Michelin one star restaurant Largo do Paco. We'll use this as our home base as we spend the next days in and out of the vineyards of the Douro Valley. Our winery stops will include some of the most revered and awarded wines in the world. We'll break bread in cellars and vineyards and take part in harvest with our friends at Casa Ferreirinha and Ferreira. We'll also call on our homies at Dow's to learn the art of Port production and find the traditional confectionery sweets of the region to pair with these delights. Bacalao and roasted meats reign supreme and we'll search the rivers and terraced vines for all the Douro can offer!
Next we'll be heading to the "green part" of Spain to Galicia to drink insane Albarino and other grapes you've never heard of. And sitting this close to the Atlantic where else would you find better seafood? That's right we're gonna check out the Northwest of Spain where rivers, ocean breezes and the land roll green like the Irish on St. Patricks Day! We'll stay at Pazos de Arenteiro, a privately owned hotel in the medieval village of BIC dating back over 1000 years. From our abode we'll visit the best wineries in the region of Rias Baixas and Galicia. Zarate and Komokabras are both legends in this land and we'll spend time with them on their turf. The next day we'll head to our friends in Ribeiro to check out Gomariz and their legendary neighbor Vina Mein who put this village on the map. Zesty white wines with the best seafood in the world and slow cooked meats with sumptuous reds all in small villages along the river and coast.
All in all we'll visit no less than 8 of the greatest wineries Europe has to offer, dine in a Michelin starred restaurant, stay at a 5 star property and another where we'll have the property to ourselves. We'll meet the best old school winemakers and owners and oh yeah.......we'll be there for harvest to get dirty! Seriously, how can life get better than this?