Thursday, January 14, 2016


This afternoon we explored a small section of Porto along the river, which contains a great many wineries and shops, lots of moored wine boats, a fun playground, the gondola station, and a great many neat cafes. It is such a lovely city, and we are looking forward to exploring more of it over the next few days.

Barcos Rabelos (wine boats) moored on the Douro River

Quinta do Noval 

Quinta do Noval tasting flight
(These were our favorites of the day!)

Calem House

This was the largest cask at Calem, holding 60,000 litres of ruby port.

The tawny ports are housed in the smaller casks, to give them more contact with
the oak wood and to expose them to more oxygen. These barrels are later sent to
the Famous Grouse Scotch distillery in Scotland, which we saw while we were there.

The lovely tasting room at Calem

(Visited on the recommendation of the street vendor
who sold us the roasted chestnuts)

We tried only the "special" ports at Ferreira

We were likely the only port drinkers out today with our own knightly bodyguards.

Two peas in a pod

Dinner on the river

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