In 1756, Portugal’s Douro Valley was established as the world’s first protected wine-producing region, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even though less than 20 percent of the land is farmable, there are 155 different grape varieties grown in Portugal. Join Karine Hagen of Viking River Cruises for a video tour through the country’s rich viticultural heritage.
History of Port Wines
Watch and learn about Port Wines as local experts in Porto, Portugal describe the history and production of Portugal’s famous Port wines. This fortified sweet red wine, produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, is most often served as a dessert wine though it also comes in a dry, semi-dry and Muscat varieties. It has a long history dating back to the early 18th century when the British, at war with France at the time, needed a new source of wine. Port wine is enormously popular in Britain and around the world and is still used today as the official wine to toast the Queen at formal dinners.
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Austria: Salzburg Candlelight Dinner & Concert at Fortress $71
Vienna Vienna Heurigen Show $96
Belgium: Brussels Gourmet Evening Tour $111
France: Paris Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour $31
Gastronomy Tour in Montmartre District $125
Greece: Athens Greek Cooking Lesson $95
Ireland: Dublin Merry Ploughboy Dinner Show $77
Italy: Rome Pizza Making & Meal $111
Florence Handmade Pasta-Cooking Course & Lunch $70
Venice Falling in Love in Venice – Gondola Tour & dinner for couples $160
Portugal: Lisbon Lisbon by Night with Fado Dinner show $109
Russia: Moscow Vodka Tasting Tour $128
Spain: Barcelona Gourmet Walking Tour $28
Turkey: Istanbul Cooking Lesson $83
London Afternoon Tea at the Sherlock Holmes $25
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The highly acclaimed river cruise line, AmaWaterways has just announced that Celebrity Chef Bob Blumer will be the host of its Gourmet Cruise Oct. 22-Oct. 29, 2013 onboard the brand new AmaVida. This seven night itinerary sails through Portugal and Spain along the Douro River, one of Europe’s most undiscovered and unspoiled rivers. Passengers will experience a journey filled with medieval monasteries, charming fishing villages, centuries-old wineries and lively cultural centers. The Gourmet Cruise will feature onboard cooking demonstrations, excursions to historic towns, private wine tastings and regionally inspired cuisine.
One of today’s most innovative food personalities, cookbook author and host of the Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment, Chef Blumer will share his infectiously passionate approach to cooking through complimentary cooking demonstrations for interested guests.
As the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations, AmaWaterways continues to lead the industry in innovative food and wine experiences both on-board and on-shore. The Gourmet Cruise promises to be an attractive travel option for culinary adventurers and oenophiles alike.
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