Quinta Mendes Pereira: likely my best visit in Dão, with an outstanding 2004 Garrafeira.
QuintadasMarias: exciting Swiss-owned Dão wines including a brilliant 100% Alfrocheiro.
In Dão: a hectic day with winemaker António Narciso visiting no fewer than 7 estates.
Water & granite: first day of visits in Dão, an exciting wine region in Portugal.
Blogging from the Douro valley, part 5. I stay at the 18th-century Quinta do Vallado where owner Francisco Ferreira and winemaker Xito Olazabal have been making qualitative leaps and bounds.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 3. Douro Superior is the Next Big Thing. Vale Meão, founded the 1877 by the famous Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and still run by her descendants, already makes great wines here, and everybody else is trying to follow.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 1. I visit Quinta do Crasto, famous for its swimming pool and great wines. The latter proves to be true. But quality is never an accident.
A wine can be balanced at 15% alcohol, it turns out.