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It is said that during a siege by Castilian soldiers in 1368, a local townswoman named Deu-la-Deu Martins managed to scrabble together enough flour from starving citizens to make a few loaves of bread, and in a brazen show of plenty tossed them to the enemy with the message, ‘if you need any more, just let us know’. The disheartened Spaniards immediately withdrew to Spain.

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Minho and Vinho Verde Tour with Gastronomic Experiences and Wine Tastings

Your tour starts in Porto and point North, towards the Minho and Vinho Verde region.Ypur first destination will be the city of Viana do Castelo, where you will visit the magnificent Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. This is also a famous viewpoint for the whole region, where you can see the sea, the Lima river and its vale and all the mountains around. You will then travel to Melgaço, one of the northernmost points of Portugal where the crown jewel of the Vinho Verde is produced: the Alvarinho Wine! You are going to visit one of the most well-known producers of the Alvarinho grape varietal and taste a type of wine not usually associated with the Alvarinho.After this marvelous visit and tasting, you move on to Monção, but we will stop on the way where a delicious regional lunch is waiting for you in a typical restaurant.Then, with your bellies filled and your energies restored, you will visit a Wine Estate and taste the famous and classic Alvarinho wine, followed by a visit to the illustrious Brejoeira Palace, where a journey to the past is hidden.You then start your way down to Porto, but there is still time to visit the city of Ponte de Lima where we will have the chance of tasting some regional delicacies paired with some more Vinho Verde! By the end of the day, you will return to Porto, where you can be dropped off at your accommodation or any other place in town that you prefer.

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Small-Group Day Trip to Alvarinho Vinho Verde Wine Region from Porto

Born in a unique place of the world and produced from a specific cast that grows only in the Iberic Peninsula, this is Alvarinho, a typical Portuguese wine which is both one of the most important varieties of the Tart wine region and one of the internationally prized. A true top quality wine.It undoubtedly lies in the exceptional localization of the vineyards, a micro-climate - damp because of the Atlantic influence, mild temperature, small thermal amplitudes and pronounced solar exposure during August and September - and people’s knowledge and know-how to select the better estate of maturation. New technologies on fermentation - gathered to ancestral processes - contribute to extract the best quality of the grapes coming to the cellar. At that stage, the wine is given the producer’s own touch who thus contributes to the diversity of Alvarinho wines.The first stop in the morning will be to visit Quinta do Soalheiro, the first Alvarinho brand in the most northern point of Portugal (city of Melgaço) and one of the first Portuguese producers of Alvarinho. Here the Alvarinho is special, the land is protected by a range of mountains that create conditions of rainfall, temperature and sunshine hours necessary for the best ripening of the grapes. You will love its vibrant and elegant expression!Following towards Monção, a small city rich in cultural heritage, it's time to indulge in a very tradicional lunch (at own expense) and taste the region's gastronomy! After lunch, it's time for a guided visit to the Alvarinho Museum. This beautifull building, "Casa do Curro" was prepared to defend, promote and commercialize the Alvarinho wine. You will be provided a guided tour of the exhibition area on the Alvarinho wine and the region, the wine producers and wine tasting at the end. Cheers!This experience would not be complete without visiting another Vinho Verde Alvarinho  winery: Quinta das Pereirinhas. Family business, recently created, dedicated to agriculture, especially for the Production, Manufacturing & Commercialization of Alvarinho wine. After a wonderful day tasting several examples of this well-balanced, unique and original wine, relax on your journey back to Porto where you will arrive early in the evening.