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Madeira

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An exclusive and intimate deluxe tour (max. 12 people).
Enjoy an unprecedented experience with the extraordinary and intellectual Madeira wine!

Madeira Island, also known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic”, is a true landmark of tourism in Portugal. The island’s sub-tropical climate, rich vegetation, tempting cuisine and astounding variety of hotels make it a destination of choice.

The island is part of an archipelago, which also encompasses the islands of Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens. Out of the eight islands, only the two largest (Madeira and Porto Santo) are inhabited.

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This island was discovered by the Portuguese navigators Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco in 1419. They named it “Madeira” (wood) given the abundance of this raw material.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, wine was the main trend, which strongly boosted Madeira’s economy.

It is precisely this product that we wish to emphasize.

In the mid 16th century, the renowned English playwright William Shakespeare, in his play “Richard III”, mentioned the notoriety of the vastly exported Madeira “Malvasia” (Malmsey). This Drama ends with the death of the brother of England’s King Edward IV, the Duke of Clarence, who drowned in a barrel of this wine.

Madeira wine was actually quite exquisite for most European crowns. It was even used as perfume, applied to scarves of ladies of the court. In England, Madeira and Port Wine often fought for the first place in the crowns’ preference.

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The fame and prestige of this wine are supported by countless situations, such as the Celebration of Independence of the United States in 1776, which was toasted to with Madeira wine!

Many celebrities – namely statesmen – were charmed by this wine, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both connoisseurs of Madeira wine, or Winston Churchill, who in his various visits to the island had the opportunity to taste and enjoy the wine.

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That is exactly what we are aiming to replicate with this tour: a journey of knowledge and pleasure, dedicated to the noble Madeira wine, and to its surrounding cuisine, culture and lush landscape.

With that in mind, we have chosen Sarah Ahmed to guide you. She is known as The Wine Detective and is now considered one of the main (if not the highest) UK authorities regarding Portuguese wines.

Her comprehensive knowledge of winemaking methods, of all the different producers and wines you will taste during the trip will make your experience all the more enriching and unforgettable.

We have great pleasure in providing you with a wide range of tastings, from Madeira 5 Years Old all the way to 19th century Madeira. You will visit and meet its main producers and winemakers and will taste wines from different degrees of sweetness, from dry to sweet, blended wines and single-grape wines, produced with the main grape varieties used in Madeira, such as Sercial, Verdelho, Terrantez, Bual and Malmsey.

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You will also join a masterclass, which will give you great insight into history and viticulture, as well as the methods of winemaking and wine aging, also characteristic of this unique noble and dramatic wine!

Your Madeira Wine experience would not be complete without an appropriate harmonization with the local cuisine. Therefore, we will present you with wonderful meals, ranging from the most typical to the most sophisticated, which you can find here. You will be given the opportunity to taste different table wines produced on the island, from which the whites made from the Verdelho grape variety stand out the most. They are fresh, mineral, salty and have already proven to age very well.

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To ensure that your trip is fully enriching, all the information we give you concerning wine will be complemented with insights into local culture and tourism.

You will stay in a lush 5-star hotel and will enjoy some free time to explore the island, namely the city of Funchal at your own leisure.

Pack your bags and join us for a once in a lifetime wine experience!

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Day 1. Monday 5th October

Arrival in Funchal and hotel check-in.

Around the end of the afternoon, a short briefing session followed by the departure to our first enogastronomic experience.

Welcome drink on the Choupana Hills Resort balcony – where you can indulge in the magnificent view of Funchal bay – followed by a meal at Xôpana restaurant. A dream dinner awaits you; harmonized with local wines, along with the mythical sardines by Chef Júlio Pereira.

Day 2. Tuesday 6th October

After breakfast, we will visit the Madeira Wine Institute, where a masterclass will take place. During the explanation on this noble wine, you may taste the truly special Madeiras. This is a unique and rare experience.

We will have lunch in Funchal, an opportunity to grow more familiar with local cuisine.

After lunch we shall visit Blandy’s Wine Lodge and take part in a guided tour of the museum, the aging cellar and the old cooperage. The tour will end with a tasting of extraordinary wines, with special attention paid to 70’s, 60’s and 50’s Madeiras.

After the tasting, you may take your time to explore the area and escape to a restaurant of your liking in the city center.

We will provide top tips on restaurants, major monuments and other points of interest, to suit your personal tastes and needs.

Day 3. Wednesday 7th October

After breakfast, we will make our way to Câmara de Lobos, a small town near Funchal, and visit the producer Henriques & Henriques. We will tour through their facilities and taste a special range of their wines, known for their strong character and remarkable features.

At lunch we will taste the famous Madeira espetada (skewered meat). A vegetarian option is provided.

After lunch, our destination will be the very popular Cabo Girão and its breath-taking views. If you are feeling brave and do not suffer from vertigo, you can take the cable car down to see the Fajãs, a typical tilling method in Madeira, which is also used for growing vines.

Next, we will visit the modern winery of Barbeito wines. They have excellent new approaches to Madeira Wine, which we will of course be able to taste. The brilliant mind behind them is Ricardo Diogo, a very original producer who believes that tradition and innovation go hand in hand.

Lastly, in Funchal, a delicious gourmet dinner by the Michelin-Star Chef – Benoît Sinthon will be the perfect way to end the day.

Day 4. Thursday 8th October

This day will be dedicated to the center of Funchal, visiting classic producers of Madeira wines.

Our visit will start with H. M. Borges: a traditional, boutique winery, where you will taste special small-production wines.

Lunch will be served in the old part of town. This is the best place to enjoy fresh fish and shellfish of local sources.

We will spend our early afternoon with Pereira D’Oliveira, perhaps the most traditional producer known. He also owns the largest stock of old wines. A memorable tasting and a journey to the 19th century awaits for you.

After the tasting, you may once again explore the area in your own time and choose a restaurant of your liking.

Day 5. Friday 9th October

We have prepared a tasting of Madeira table wines for this morning, with special focus on whites made from the Verdelho variety of grapes. We have no doubt that you will be charmed with this variety, judging by its ability to produce great quality wines, and marked by the minerality and saltiness that only this island’s topography and winegrowing may brand.

The chosen accompaniment for this sampling is local tapas, for they harmonize with the table wines you will taste.

Your departure will take place during the afternoon. We hope that you begin your return trip as delighted as we are to be able to provide such a fantastic wine & food experience in Madeira Island.

Note:

*Minor alterations could occur on this itinerary.

Travel

The flights are not included on this tour. We are very happy to quote on the main scheduled airlines and to book these for you (the full price of the flight will be payable in advance along with an administration charge). Please note that, if we book your flight, the flight details cannot be changed and the flight cost and administration fee are non-refundable.

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5* PESTANA CASINO PARK HOTEL – Funchal

The Pestana Casino Park is part of the most emblematic tourist complex of Madeira island. With the sea at its feet, the Pestana Casino Park Hotel is one of the most fabulous hotels in Funchal city centre. Here you will have the opportunity to make use of a series of services and activities available for all tastes, and soon after you arrive you will be able to relax outdoors, where you will find a swimming pool and luxuriant gardens.

Fact sheet – Madeira Wine Tour:
Price: € 1.800 per person   |   Sole Occupancy: € 300   |   Deposit: € 450 per person
Price includes:

– 4 Nights at 5* Hotel;
– 4 buffet breakfasts;
– 4 lunches (typical dishes with local wines – half a bottle per person);
– 2 dinners (gourmet and sophisticated);
– A journey to 19th century Madeira wines;
– All visits and tastings (during the trip more than 60 wines will be tasted);
– Air conditioned bus;
– Tour Manager: A Portuguese guide with generic knowledge on the region, monuments, local gastronomy, etc.;
– Wine Guide: The leading British Portuguese wine authority, Sarah Ahmed;
– Start and end point: Funchal;
– Visits will be in English language.

Not included:

– Travel (flights or boat) to the destination and back from your home location.
– Transfers from and to Funchal Airport or Harbour.

Note:

* You organise your travel to the destination yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets, transfers, etc, please contact us.

* Because it is not easy to transport wine on the plane, if you want to buy some of the wines tasted or any other, we will be happy to buy them and send them to your home. For this, a list of choice and notation will be made available where you can put your options to buy with respective quantities. Our buyers-partners will do it for you.

Booking: 

Bear in mind that there’s only 12 places available for this once in a lifetime wine experience. So, the applied policy is first come, first served.

Booking is confirmed on receipt of the booking fee/deposit. Full payment should be received at the latest one month before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

You book by contacting Blend | All About Wine:

Book this Tour


 
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 Nights at 5* Hotel
  • 4 Lunches (typical or local dishes)
  • 2 Dinners (gourmet & sophisticated)
  • All visits and tastings (during the trip more than 60 wines will be tasted)
  • A journey to 19th century Madeira wines
  • Wine Guide: Sarah Ahmed (the leading British Portuguese wine authority)
  • Price € 1.800

Oporto, Douro & Vinho Verde

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A luxurious, exclusive and intimate tour (maximum 12 people), exploring the contrasting wines of Portugal’s most famous wine river and a stunning green landscape.

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Our trip will start in Oporto – an UNESCO World Heritage site and a must visit. Although it has less than 200.000 inhabitants it is one of Portugal’s biggest cities.

The city centre is a gem, very old; winding streets climb the hills with many architectural sights as well as a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafés. Our hotel is centrally located within a short distance of the old harbour.

For the duration of the tour you will be accompanied by Sarah Ahmed a.k.a. The Wine Detective. Sarah is a leading (if not the leading) UK authority on Portuguese wines.

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Her in-depth knowledge of Portugal’s winemaking territory, producers and of all the wines you will taste will make your trip an enriching, insightful and unforgettable experience.

On Tuesday morning our bus will pick us up at the hotel and we shall start our journey in the Port Lodges that line Vila Nova de Gaia’s riverbank before heading up river to the Douro Valley.

The Douro Valley, the world’s biggest mountain vineyard, is a miracle of nature and mankind. With gravity-defying terraced vineyards, this truly unique terroir has been the home of Port wine for hundreds of years and, on September 10th, 1756, achieved the distinction of becoming the world’s first demarcated and regulated wine region.

More recently, this dramatic, captivating landscape, attained UNESCO World Heritage Status.

These days the Douro Valley is also famous for world class red and white wines. Since the 1990s a dynamic new generation of producers has been exploiting the full potential of its multi-faceted terroir to exciting effect.

During our journey we’ll visit the three Douro sub-regions. Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. We’ll taste a great variety of terroir-driven wines, not only Ports, but also exciting whites and complex reds.

We’ll travel by train and in a charming boat along this unique river, visiting benchmark producers both classic and cutting edge.

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We’ll experience the local gastronomy in its many forms and meet key players (producers/winemakers/chefs). In short, you’ll enjoy a diverse and authentic experience of this exciting, world class wine region.

This experience of Portugal’s mountainous interior will be enriched with a visit to a region closer to the Atlantic – the Vinho Verde region, so-called because of the strikingly lush, green landscape which informs its fresh, young wines. You shall discover first hand why Vinho Verde has become one of Portugal’s trendiest regions as we focus on boutique producers who specialise in single varietal, sub-regional wines made from the region’s leading grapes, Avesso, Loureiro and Alvarinho.

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After this incursion into the Vinho Verde region we’ll return to Porto for a memorable farewell dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant Pedro Lemos.

Our Big Little Wine Country has so much to offer to wine lovers. Sarah, the producers and winemakers are looking forward to sharing with you exclusive insights into two of Northern Portugal’s top regions’ native grapes, diverse terroir and dynamic wine culture.

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and join us on this intimate exclusive tour!

 

Day 1. Monday 22nd June

Arrival at Porto and hotel check-in. Free time to explore the city. We shall send you in advance our exclusive Blend-All About Wine guide with our team’s top tips on restaurants, major monuments and other points of interest.

Day 2. Tuesday 23rd June

After breakfast we’ll cross the river to the Port Lodges, which are located on Vila Nova de Gaia’s riverside. Here we shall explore different styles of Port wine from leading Port houses.

First we shall focus on bottle-aged Ports (Vintage, LBV, etc.), comparing and contrasting the different house styles of famous brands Sandeman, Ferreira and Offley at Ferreira Port Lodge (Sogrape Vinhos).

Our next stop will be at Calem Port Lodge where we’ll taste wood- aged Port wines from Sogevinus, which lays claim to the largest Colheita Port wine stocks. We shall taste age-dated Tawny and Colheita Ports from Barros, Burmester and Kopke.

After lunch we head for the Douro Valley. We shall spend the afternoon at Quinta de Nápoles in the Cima Corgo sub-region. Its belongs to the famous Port house and Douro wine pioneer, Niepoort. Here we shall taste among the region’s most famous wines from one of the country’s most charismatic winemakers, Dirk Niepoort, including Coche, Batuta, Charme, Turris, Bioma Vintage Port 2009 and Port Garrafeira 1977.

We shall end our day with a dinner in the capital of the Douro, Peso da Régua in the Baixo Corgo.

Day 3. Wednesday 24th June

Our first port of call will be Vale do Pinhão in the Cima Corgo where we’ll visit Wine & Soul, the joint project of a dynamic husband and wife team, winemakers Jorge Serôdio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva. We’ll taste excellent wines including acclaimed reds Pintas and Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas from two neighbouring sites which produce very different wines. We’ll also taste Guru, one of the country’s top white wines and Pintas 10 Year Old Tawny Port.

We will have lunch at Quinta do Crasto whose wines are as stunning as the quinta’s bird’s eye view over the river. We will taste iconic wines, such as Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas and Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa. Before dinner you will enjoy an unforgettable boat ride on the river, in a charming boat.

Our day will conclude with a dinner at renowned restaurant, DOC, which is owned by one of Portugal’s leading chefs, Rui Paula. This spectacularly located restaurant in the heart of the Douro is constructed on a pontoon on the Douro river.

Day 4. Thursday 25th June

After breakfast the focus will be the Douro Superior sub-region. In order fully to enjoy the route’s wild beauty we shall travel by train, from Régua to Pocinho.

Our first visit will be to the historical Quinta do Vale Meão. Acquired in 1877 by Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, Portugal’s richest woman, this Quinta was also the birthplace of the iconic Douro red wine Barca Velha. It is still owned by her descendants, the Olazabal family. Here we will have lunch with the family in an authentic and intimate setting and taste world-class wines, including Quinta do Vale Meão red wine. The 2011 vintage made the cut for Wine Spectator’s Top Five wines of the year in 2014.

After lunch we’ll depart to Meda where we’ll taste Muxagat wines. Muxagat Vinhos is Mateus Nicolau de Almeida’s project. This Douro young gun is one of a new breed of winemakers – a vigneron who lives in the Douro and works in the vineyard as well as making terroir-focused, minimal intervention wines. We will taste a unique red, Muxagat Tinta Barroca as well as Muxagat Os Xistos Altos white. You will also have the opportunity to taste Quinta do Monte Xisto, a new red which Mateus makes together with his brother and father, acclaimed winemaker João Nicolau de Almeida of Ramos Pinto.

Return to Baixo-Corgo by private mini-bus; dinner at the hotel.

Day 5. Friday 26th June

Today we leave the Douro and head west to the Vinho Verde/Minho wine regions. The first stop will be Quinta de Covela, in Vinho Verde’s Baião sub-region, an area of transition between the Douro and Minho regions. Our tasting will include wines made with this up-and-coming quinta’s signature Avesso grape variety.

After lunch, our destination will be Ponte de Lima in Vinho Verde’s Lima sub-region. We’ll visit Quinta do Ameal whose intense, mineral wines demonstrate why the Loureiro grape variety is Lima’s star player. This Quinta has one of this variety’s best terroirs and we shall have the chance to see how Loureiro ages with a mini-vertical of the estate’s principal wines – Ameal Clássico and Ameal Escolha.

Finally, we shall head north towards the Portugal-Spain border (Galicia) where we shall be staying overnight.

Free evening until dinner to explore the walled city of Valença do Minho.

Day 6. Saturday 27th June

Our Vinho Verde visit culminates with a focus on Portugal’s top white grape variety, Alvarinho whose heartland is the sub-region of Monção-Melgaço. We’ll start with a visit to Palácio da Brejoeira in Monção, a National Heritage site which is home to the region’s most classically styled Alvarinhos. We shall tour the 18th century neo-classical palace and the old winery as well as tasting a mini-vertical of its famous Alvarinho and Aguardente, a brandy made from Alvarinho.

Next, we’ll visit one of the sub-region’s leading modernists, Quinta do Soalheiro in Melgaço where we’ll taste different expressions of the Alvarinho grape variety such as Soalheiro, Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas and Soalheiro Reserva.

After lunch we’ll still visit Solar do Alvarinho where you will be free to sample wines and local gourmet products from different producers in Monção-Melgaço.

We shall then return to Porto for a special farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Pedro Lemos.

Day 7. Sunday 28th June

Free morning to explore the city. Departures.

Note:

*Minor alterations could occur on this itinerary.

Travel

The flights are not included on this tour. We are very happy to quote on the main scheduled airlines and to book these for you (the full price of the flight will be payable in advance along with an administration charge). Please note that, if we book your flight, the flight details cannot be changed and the flight cost and administration fee are non-refundable.

Accommodation
4* HOTEL CARRIS PORTO RIBEIRA – Porto

Located in the old quarter of Porto overlooking the river Douro, the Carris Porto Ribeira is very close to the Ribeira Square, the Palácio da Bolsa, the Centro de Congressos da Alfândega and the Port Lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite bank. It is just a 5-minute walk from the train and tube stations and a 20-minute drive to the airport.

5* HOTEL SCALA DOURO – Cidadelhe, Douro

A modern, luxury hotel with pool and sauna. With stunning views over the Douro River it is located near Peso da Régua city in Cidadelhe, 5 km from the picturesque village of Mesão Frio. Immersing you in the world of wine, the Douro Scala Hotel is located among vines. It also has a chapel dating back to the sixteenth century.

4* POUSADA SÃO TEOTÓNIO – Valença do Minho

Situated at the top of the historic fortified centre of Valença near the border with Spain (Galicia), the Pousada SãoTeotónio has magnificent views over its neighbor and the surrounding countryside.

Fact sheet – Oporto, Douro Valley & Vinho Verde:
Price: € 2.000 per person   |   Sole Occupancy: € 300   |   Deposit: € 500 per person
Price includes:

– 6 Nights at 4* and 5* Hotels – 2 nights in Porto, 3 in Douro and 1 in Valença do Minho
– 6 buffet breakfasts;
– 5 lunches with local wines served at the discretion of the wine estates when at wine estates and half a bottle per person at included restaurant meals.
– 5 dinners (3 gourmet) with local wines (half a bottle per person at included restaurant meals);
– All visits and tastings; During the trip more than 70 wines will be tasted.
– Air conditioned bus;
– Tour Manager: A Portuguese guide with generic knowledge on the regions, monuments, local gastronomy, etc.
– Wine Guide: The leading British Portuguese wine authority, Sarah Ahmed.
– Start and end point: Porto
– Visits will be in English language

Not included:

– Travel (flights or any other kind of transport) to the destination and back from your home location.
– Transfers from and to Porto Airport or Train/Bus Stations.

Note:

* You organise your travel to the destination yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets, transfers, etc, please contact us.

* Because it is not easy to transport wine on the plane, if you want to buy some of the wines tasted or any other, we will be happy to buy them and send them to your home. For this, a list of choice and notation will be made available where you can put your options to buy with respective quantities. Our buyers-partners will do it for you.

Booking: 

Bear in mind that there’s only 12 places available for this great Portuguese wine experience. So, the applied policy is first come, first served.

Booking is confirmed on receipt of the booking fee/deposit. Full payment should be received at the latest one month before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

You book by contacting Blend | All About Wine:

Book this Tour


 
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Nights at 4* and 5* Hotels
  • 5 Lunches (4 in the Estates)
  • 5 Dinners (3 Gourmet)
  • All visits and tastings (During the trip more than 70 wines will be tasted)
  • World-Class Wines
  • Wine Guide: Sarah Ahmed (The leading British Portuguese wine authority)
  • Price € 2.000