One of the world’s best kept secrets and most under-rated wine regions, Portugal is fast gaining a reputation for its fantastic wines, as well as its food and restaurant scene. Holding a special place in Howie’s heart (if you ask him quietly, you might find he holds it a close second behind his beloved Italy!), come and find out what makes Portuguese wines so special.
Join our sommelier, Howie Sayers, for a series of three wine tutorials on Portuguese wines.
- Learn about growers & wines from The North, The Centre and The South & Islands
- Try 6-8 wines from the region
- Opportunity to buy the wines you taste at preferential rates
- £35 per tutorial or £100 for all 3
- 7.00pm – 8.30pm Thursday Evenings
- 21st May
- 25th June
- 16th July
Call 01525 290692 to book. £35 per head, per tutorial, or £100 for all 3. Prices are for the wine tutorial only, but you can of course book a table for dinner afterwards.
The North – Green Portugal, Porto & The Douro – Thursday 21st May
There is far more to Minho and the area known as “Green Portugal” than Vinho Verde, (quite possibly Europe’s most misunderstood wine region). So why not come along and see what other whites are tucked away in this region, along with amazing reds from easily one of the world’s most beautiful, evocative and best wine regions, The Douro Valley, now recognised as a UNESCO World heritage Site. The rugged splendour of the valley is visually spectacular, especially from a boat, as its waves of contoured terraced hill side vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see on either side of the river.
The Centre: Lisbon & The Interior – Thursday 25th June
A bit further south of the Douro, lies the centre and the Portuguese interior. Some different and rarer grape varieties abide here, and in fact vine cultivation has been going on here since Roman times. So why not dip your toe and find out why the Romans started cultivating vines in this area, after all, they knew a thing or two about vines and agriculture!!
The South & The Islands – Thursday 16th July
Come along and see that there is far more to southern Portugal than the Algarve and other areas than endless golf courses. These days, with better techniques and the improving popularity of Portuguese wine, many producers are thriving and keeping hold of their land and vines instead of selling it off for golf course or resort development. Wines from the cool coast, the warmer climate, inland rolling hills, and of course a couple of hidden gems from the island vineyards on the Azores and Madeira.