100 years of great ports — Salt of Portugal

Making great port requires exceptional grapes and a deep knowledge of the production process. But most of all, it requires time, lots of time. Time for the nectars to lose the brashness of youth and mellow with age. That is why we cannot produce port wine by ourselves. We need our children and grandchildren to […]

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Three lessons at Quinta de Vargellas — Salt of Portugal

It is easy to arrive at Quinta de Vargellas because this heavenly wine estate in the Douro valley has its own train station. The old carriages stop there with a screech, huffing exhausted from racing with the river waters. It is then up to the guests to walk up the granite steps that lead to […]

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Port Wine

Port wine used to be sold in austere black bottles with somber labels. Adriano Ramos Pinto, a maverick entrepreneur who entered the port wine trade in 1880, changed all that, selling port wine wrapped in sensuous images and elegant packaging. One of Ramos Pinto’s publicity coups took place in 1922. Two pilots, Gago Coutinho and Sacadura […]

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