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The prestigous travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, places our “Francesinha” on the World top of food.  The Porto Marathon is becoming international. After Corunna, Madrid, Seville and Barcelona, it is now the moment to spread the Porto Marathon in Paris gathering more participants to the Porto race. The Porto Marathon will take place on 8...
In November, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will hold its Annual General Meeting in Rioja and Bilbao. Part of the Network is the Bilbao | Rioja Committee, made up of the Chambers of Commerce of Álava, Bilbao and La Rioja, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja. From November 8 through 12, Bilbao | Rioja will host the Network’s Annual...
Springtime in Bordeaux is the perfect season for wine lovers to discover the very places where their favourite beverage is produced. Indeed, during the April and May weekends, hundreds of châteaux open their properties to the visitors and offer free tours and tastings. People can go and visit the premises and cellars, understand the wine...
Rioja's peripatetic winemaker Alvaro Palacios was recently named Man of the Year in 2015 by Decanter magazine. Palacios began his career at his family's winery in Alfaro in Rioja Baja but soon grew restless.  Following a short stint working for a local barrel maker, Palacios moved to Priorat, a largely unknown wine district southwest of Barcelona...
With new tours, activities and premium spaces the vineyards belonging to the “Ruta del Vino” of Casablanca invite you to share the passion for wine, gastronomy and the many open air activities we offer. The Casablanca valley is located barely 80 km from Santiago and 40 km from Valparaiso. It’s famous for being one of the premium cold climate...
The Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum of Rome, the Buckingham Palace, the Acropolis and the “Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona have this year another opponent in the competition as world’s best tourist attraction: the Ribeira of Porto (Porto's riverside). For now, Ribeira is nominated for best attraction in Europe together with these other five great...
The 2015 harvest signalled a significant ten year milestone for Waterkloof – the biodynamic wine estate overlooking False Bay in Somerset West – as it celebrates a decade of winemaking and working in harmony with nature to craft wines of vitality, individuality and sustainability. It took ten years for Paul Boutinot, Waterkloof’s custodian and...
The Cape winelands can aptly be described as picturesque … that’s what they look like most of the time, like a beautiful painting. A vision of rolling mountains and koppies sketched in relief; a crosshatch of vineyards stitching up the landscape; that endless blue sky with plump clouds slowly drifting across.   Something happens to this tranquil...
The new edition of this annual celebration organized by the Wine Growing Association of Casablanca Valley is expecting many local and foreign visitors!   On April 11th & 12th,  the main square of Casablanca will host the 2015 Harvest Festival, an event that will bring together some 25,000 attendees, who will enjoy craft stands, wine and...
The number of foreigners who visited the Essência do Vinho Porto 2015 increased in 4%, representing around 26% of the total number of visitors who, on this edition, reached 23 700. This scenario could not be more positive for Wine Tourism, a sector that on 27 February saw its efforts rewarded on another edition of the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards...

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April 14, 2015
This article, submitted by Porto-based blogger Francisco Brito, participated in the 2014 Guest...