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Quinta da Marrocos -updated

Day 16

We left Coimbra this morning after breakfast and hit the road for the Douro Valley. We had some time to kill so we went to Pinhao first. It’s a sleepy little town, but we got to see the locks on the river and a bit of the town. Interesting tidbits...the vines are planted on an 80% slope and because it’s so steep, the farming is all done manually. It sounds like they still stomp the grapes by foot.
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Next we left for the winery (Quinta). We are staying at a family run winery overlooking the river. They have a couple rooms in this rustic old building.
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We checked in around 3pm and sat in front of the fire with a glass of tawny port and a macaron, all made in house. Greg of course, had to check out the winery car (where’s Waldo)
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Next up, at 6pm, is a tour of the winery, a tasting of their wines and port and then a dinner with wine pairing. There are 2 other couples so it’s an intimate setting. Let me add some color to last nights dinner. One couple is from Brazil... he is in IT and she is a lawyer for the supreme court. The other couple is from Poland. He is in IT and she is a particle physicist doctorate student working underground in a mountain in Italy. They were so much fun. After dinner we went to the living room to sit around the fire...I of course let the wine dog in the house to lay by the fire. I have a new best friend even though we don’t speak the same language. This was evident when i tried to put him back outside.
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Posted by Slough 00:21 Archived in Portugal Tagged peso da regua

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