A trip to Foz Coa and Douro Region 02

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Our short journey to the northern region of Portugal ends with a glorious visit and lunch at the Ramos Pinto Vineyards in the heart of the Douro Region.

Even though the Coa Valley is a very dry region, excellent grape vines are grown here. One of the worldwide most famous and appreciated vineyard is the Port Wine house Ramos Pinto. Located at Quinta de Ervamoira, on the left bank of the River Côa, the “Casa Ramos-Pinto” was founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880 and soon became a model quinta in the whole Douro region. The founder studied and selected the five best varieties and worked only on the material selected ever since. His research made Ervamoira a pilot project, the first Quinta in the Douro to be planted vertically and by fields, where  each field grows a different variety.
Today, Casa Ramos Pinto has become an open cellar, a venue for meetings where it is possible to taste an excellent house cooking, and a small museum, where a unique collection of history and art objects are displayed and the visit can be combined with a very interesting wine tasting of Porto wines and still wines.

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A view of the beautiful Quinta de Ervamoira
Of the 90% of the vines cultivated at Ervamoira, 16% belong to the Tinta Barroca variety, 23% to Touriga Nacional, 13% to Touriga Franca, 13% to Tinta Roriz, 10% to Tinta da Barca and 15%  mixture.
Of the 90% of the vines cultivated at Ervamoira, 16% belong to the Tinta Barroca variety, 23% to Touriga Nacional, 13% to Touriga Franca, 13% to Tinta Roriz, 10% to Tinta da Barca and 15% mixture.
Dry figues stuffed with almonds, figues, almonds, and olive oil are another wealth of this region
Dry figues stuffed with almonds. Figues, almonds, and olive oil are another wealth of this region
Casserole of cod with Bruxelles sprouts and potatoes
Casserole of cod with Bruxelles sprouts and potatoes
A delicious home-made dessert, semifreddo with almonds and chocolate sauce, served with a 10 years old Porto from the Ramos Pinto cellar
A delicious home-made dessert, semifreddo with almonds and chocolate sauce, served with a 10 years old Porto from the Ramos Pinto cellar
View of the collection of historical Ramos Pinto bottles kept in the cellar
View of the collection of historical Ramos Pinto bottles kept in the cellar
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