After an amazing visit to Provesende we headed back to the Scenic Azure. Lunch was served as our ship sailed to Pinhão for our visit to the Quinta da Roeda where the world famous Croft Port is made.
On offer at the vineyard were two experiences. One was to visit the vineyard and then do some wine tasting or you could also add in a hike. Muriel and I chose not to do the hike. Turns out the afternoon was quite warm so Im pleased we didn’t do the hike. We were taking on a walk through the vineyards, the views are spectacular over the Douro Valley.
For those of you who may visit Portugal, always remember it gets extremely hot in summer so I suggest visit in Autumn or Spring. There is also a “treading of the grapes” you can do if visiting at the right time.
The vines here at Quinta da Roeda have been growing and producing port for over 100 years. The vines are also tendered by hand. No machines at all. At the end of each row of vines there were roses or lavender.
The views of the Douro Valley are stunning from the terrace. The Wisteria was in bloom, its purple flowers with the backdrop of the Douro Valley looked like it was from a painting.
I bet you are wondering what was next. Those that know me yes your right and those that don’t – yes your right Port it is.. and not port on a ship. Although we had lots of port on the Scenic Azure while cruising the Douro River.
Of course this little soak tried them all and more. I played with my camera taking photos of the wine with the backdrop of a wine case. I think all the port I had been sipping had gone to my head.
Wandering around the gift shop I decided on a black croft baseball cap for my housemate. A few bottles of port were purchased by others. In hindsight we should have purchased some for the land journey of Portugal and Spain.
A few of us were dropped off in the village of Pinhão so we could look at the beautiful railway station built towards the end of the nineteenth century. The walls inside is entirely lined with the blue and white tiles – azulejos.
If you do nothing else in Pinhão visit the railway station. It would have to be the most beautiful place to catch a train I have ever seen. It is so clean and welcoming.
It was a beautiful walk back to the Scenic Azure where that evening Muriel and I would be at the Captains Dinner. Yes the two of us would be sitting with the captain and other guests.
I will talk about that dinner later on another post.
Our cruise on the mighty Douro will soon be over. The next day our ship will make its way back to Porto. 3 more nights of sheer delight before we leave this luxury and board a coach and do an 11 day coach tour of Portugal and Spain.
More photos will be on Instagram you can see them here – 3sistersabroad
To learn more about the history of Croft Port click the link here