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7th Day: Portugal


Our journey of Portugal’s wine regions through e-Spain  with Washington State University  took us to the Dão and Távora-Varosa regions.

Casa de Darei is notable for maintaining organic vineyards. In addition to the wines, Casa de Darei had a medium-sized dog who was looking for hugs. A wall in the tasting room is filled with numerous images of grapes growing in Portugal.



Casa de Darei

Lagar de Darei 2015

Darei’s winery dog was very friendly








Quinta de Lemos is a relatively new winery having started about 1996. At the time of the purchase, the property had 10 hectares of vineyards. Quinta de Lemos has increased the number of vineyards significantly.

Quinta de Lemos flag

Old vintage vats at Quinta de Lemos

Fog gently kisses the Quinta de Lemos vineyards







Murganheira Winery, located in the Távora-Varosa region, features sparkling wines which are housed in large underground caves. The winery tasting room displays unique pieces of art which appear to emphasize the feminine mystique and of course the delicious bubbly, sparkling wines.


Murganheira’s sparkling wines are bubbly

Dynamic art at Murganheira Winery

Large caves at Murganheira Winery store thousands of sparkling wines









The Vintage House Hotel on the edge of the Douro River was a delightful spot to spend two evenings after our long but wonderful tours of wineries. The Vintage House offered picturesque views of the Douro River and nearby vineyard terraces. The hotel treats guests to a wide range of breakfast foods – a perfect way to start off another day of tours.

Views of the Douro from Vintage House

Vintage House

Vintage House









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