The 2015 harvest signalled a significant ten year milestone for Waterkloof – the biodynamic wine estate overlooking False Bay in Somerset West – as it celebrates a decade of winemaking and working in harmony with nature to craft wines of vitality, individuality and sustainability.

The Cape winelands can aptly be described as picturesque … that’s what they look like most of the time, like a beautiful painting. A vision of rolling mountains and koppies sketched in relief; a crosshatch of vineyards stitching up the landscape; that endless blue sky with plump clouds slowly drifting across.

The number of foreigners who visited the Essência do Vinho Porto 2015 increased in 4%, representing around 26% of the total number of visitors who, on this edition, reached 23 700.

The Essência do Vinho has just released the so awaited list of the TOP 10 of Portuguese wines. And the TOP 10 is:

1st White Wine

Quinta dos Carvalhais Branco Especial | Sogrape Vinhos Dão

1st Fortified Wine

JMF Moscatel de Setúbal Superior 1911 | José Maria da Fonseca, Península de Setúbal

1st Red Wine

Menino António Alicante Bouschet 2012 | Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, Regional Alentejano

2nd Red Wine

Malhadinha 2012 | Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo

3rd Red Wine

The award ceremonies of "TOP 10 Vinhos Portugueses" (Portuguese Wines) and Best Of Wine Tourism 2015, within the scope of the event "Essência do Vinho Porto" is set for 27 February.

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Best Of Wine Tourism brochure has been published!

It gathers 45 wineries and tourism operators from our 8 international wine regions that have been selected for the excellence of their tourism activities and welcoming of visitors!

Check them by clicking here and don't miss a visit when travelling in our Great Wine Capitals!

Between February 26 and March 1, Porto hosts another edition of the wine event Essência do Vinho Porto 2015. The event is held at Palácio da Bolsa featuring more than 3,000 wines from 350 domestic and foreign producers.

We are very glad to announce that Bordeaux, one of the Great Wine Capitals, has been elected 2015 European Best Destination!

Bordeaux has always been a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and never ceases to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. The city of Bordeaux’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and its bold modernism have made it a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, lifestyle... and wine!

A group of winemakers from Rheinhessen recently visited Rioja  to learn about viticulture and winemaking in our region as well as the control procedures created by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

While in the Rioja region, the group visited Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Bodegas Campo Viejo, Bodegas R. López de Heredia, the Vivanco Wine Museum and Hospedería Los Parajes.  All of these properties have been winners of a ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award. Other stops were at Bodegas Lecea and Bodegas Artuke.

With Valentine’s Day on 14th February immediately followed by Carnival on the 17th, Porto offers this year a wide choice of special programmes, from accommodation, to gastronomy & wines, history & culture, adventure, tours, and lots of entertainment.