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Day 3: Portugal

Unique vineyard in Portugal

On Sunday we visited a very special vineyard where we saw a unique way of growing grapes that protects the grapevines from strong winds. In our March visit the grapevines appear to be in deep sandy holes with the vines laying on the soil. Decades ago it was discovered that grapevines should survive in this location if they grew in the sand close to the soil. The grapes from this vineyard are some of the most expensive grapes in Portugal. Bring that into dollar signs, it was estimated that the grapes sell for about $4,000 a ton.

Ocean view

After leaving this unique vineyard, we drove on to a nearby location with views of the ocean. The ocean was very rough with the waves rushing and crashing on the shore. Too soon it was time to leave this mesmerizing sight of such strong winds.

We then arrived at Adega Regional de Colares, one of the oldest wine cooperatives in Portugal.

Wine Cooperative


Our final stop of the day was the Palace of Regaleira, built in the 1800s as a summer home. With gardens and underground tunnels to explore, it must have been a special treat especially for children!

Summer palace








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