It should be easy to guess what alcoholic beverage is famously made in this city— port wine of course. We were given a tantalizing tour of one of the oldest of the city’s distilleries called Cockburns—named for two entrepreneurial brothers from Scotland who emigrated to Porto to begin producing quality port wines. After wandering through what seemed to be miles of oaken kegs, barrels and even steel containers with dates dating from the 1800s to the present day, we were given a tasting of three of the famous wines made here. We were offered a reserve red port, a different red, and a tawny port. Interesting but not persuasive to me, but then I am not a wine drinker. Others in our group seemed much more enthusiastic about the offered glasses.
Though we weren’t converted to port wine enthusiasts, we certainly embraced the beautiful city of Porto. Kay’s pictures should document the stunning beauty: natural, architectural, artistic, and human in this picture-perfect coastal city of Portugal.
For more photos of this portion of the trip see Kay’s Flickr Porto Album
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