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Discovering the Culture and Wines of Portugal

We have had a fun filled, enjoyable experience with like-minded wine enthusiasts. Our tour (through e-Spain) while featuring wineries in Portugal also included cultural activities. After Friday night’s dinner at Cervejaria Trindade, Saturday was a chance to experience more of the culture around Lisbon.

Cristo Rei Almada

Saturday began  with a visit to the Cristo Rei Almada, which in addition to a large statute and a fascinating history also offers picturesque views of the city of Lisbon.  We then visited two wineries followed by a visit to the monument (The Statue of Gago Coutinho Sacadura Cabral Plane)  dedicated to the first pilot to fly across the South Pacific.

The two wineries visited  on Saturday are on the Peninsula of Setubal.  The first winery was Quinta da Bacalhôa where we saw centuries old olive trees, large barrel rooms, humongous stainless steel tanks, and a museum of African culture. This visit was followed by lunch at Comporta Cafe located at the edge of the Comporta beach. After a long lunch (dinner by American standards) we proceeded to Herdade da Comporta, a winery located adjacent to rice paddies. It was interesting to see in the wine shop, bottles of wine and packages of rice for sale. Watch for reviews of the Portuguese wineries we visit to be added to the Wine Trail Traveler website.

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