Exploring portwine-paradise (1/7): The golden bull

GERMAN VERSION

On their website, the Coelho family writes „The first moment you enter our Quinta, we would like to take you away …“ and they definitely did it with us. Quinta de Tourais offers winelovers an idyllic place to stay.

In the sunny courtyard, it smells of flowers, fresh oranges and lemons from the trees growing there. The communal kitchen is right next to the tasting room and with it’s old, open fireplace it looks like a medieval relic. The deliciously packed breakfast table is the perfect start for a day of exploring the Douro Valley.

From the rooftop pool on the first floor you have a breathtaking 360 ° view over the vineyards and mountains, several large portwine producers are in the immediate vicinity and within walking distance.

 

The three bed and breakfast rooms with high ceilings and thick walls in the over 200 year old property are warmly decorated with a mix of traditional and modern. Right next to the rooms is the entrance to the small winery.

For three generations now, the Coelho family ownes the estate and surrounding vineyards near Peso da Regua in Baixo Corgo. Fernando Coelho has been producing his own Douro wines since the late 1990s. His ancestors never did, they sold their grapes to the big port producing companies. Nevertheless there have always been some barrels of port been made for family usage only. The oldest vat contains port that is more than 40 years old. And tastes delicious by the way…

 

The labels of the winebottles are, like many sculptures and elements of the Quinta, modern and were drawn by several different designers, such as the chief designer of the label Benetton. Every year new creatives join in, the best motif wins.

 

 

Many thanks to the family Coelho for a wonderful stay and their Quinta! I will definitely come back!

If you want to get in touch check out the website:

 

www.quintadetourais.com

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