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International Wine Tourism Conference

 

Blue sunny skies and lovely warm weather greeted me when I arrived in Porto on the first of February and stayed with us throughout our stay in Portugal for the International Wine Tourism Conference. Here along with tour operators and journalists from around the world, I met with wine tourism representatives from all over Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, South Africa and South America giving us information on their amazing accommodations, wine tours and tasting opportunities.

Following the conference and workshop, I set off on a tour of the Dao and Douro Valley wine regions where we visited several beautiful properties along with quite a few “quintas” (Portuguese wineries). While Portugal is well known for its fabulous Port Wine, it is not as well known for the several areas producing excellent red and white table wines. Portugal has emerged from the shadows to become one of the monst interesting and exciting red wine producing regions in the world. The producers and hoteliers have come together to offer a wide range of exciting food and wine programs for visitors to their country.

I finished my visit to Portugal with a few days revisiting Lisbon where I met with my local representative and looked at several beautiful properties in and around the city including some new and exciting hotels I know that our clients will love.

Portugal is a fabulous destination year round and should be high on everyone’s must see list…..

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