Real Companhia Velha is one of the oldest wine companies in Portugal – it was founded by Royal Charter of King D. José I of Portugal, on the 10th September 1756.

The company owns five estates in the Douro Valley, all of them different from each other!

I have always found that the option "wine bath" at the spa was going too far. One can drink wine, cook with wine, write about wine, dream about wine or make wine, but bathing in wine? It is excessive, and especially wasteful.

Except that ....

Thanks to hearty rejuvenation efforts that began in the mid 90s, Bordeaux has reclaimed her former glory and rose from obscurity back to its rightful place as one of Europe’s top destinations...

Rheinhessen, that wine region between Mainz and Alzey, is still a white spot on the map of many a wine drinker's landscape. It's a wide country of thousand hills, spottet with lots of small wineries, most of which you never heard of. The houses look forbidden from the outside, but inside you find many a surprise: Excellent Tappas, a colorful degustation and a theater in an old barn. Wine-discoveries in Rheinhessen – Mainz& was part of a trip.

Rioja has become the most famous vineyard in Spain... In 1991, the region obtained the most qualitative agricultural label of quality in Spain: the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa), which allowed it to gain an international reputation.

Just an hour and a half from Chile’s busy capital, Santiago, lies the rolling hillsides of fog-laden Casablanca and the disorderly yet charming city of Valparaiso. Both feel a world away from Santiago, proving that although Chile may be skinny, it is fat in diversity...

For all #winelovers who visit Chile and even more so if they live here, winery tours are a must.  More and more wineries offer wine tourism packages every day which allows one to find the ideal visit for each person’s particular interest. If what you’re looking for is to taste different wines with great character and quality, this is the place for you.

There is something distinctly romantic about tasting wine from vines grown at the southernmost point of the African continent. And not just ordinary wines but extraordinary, highly ranked wines competing with the best in the world.

Do you drink much port?  Do you have a favorite?  Want to split a bottle of the 40 year Tawny??


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