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Authored by one of the leading experts in the area, this is the most comprehensive, thorough and up-to-date guide to wine tourism in Portugal. In it you can find what to visit, and a selection of the main hotels and restaurants where wine reigns supreme.


This book is divided by region, and for each one the author shows you the best wine tourism units, and also suggests good places where to eat and sleep.


This is a guide for those who love wine, who love to travel, to find new places, aromas and flavors. For those who know how to live and to make the most of life’s pleasures. 



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Portugal is one of the countries in the world with more history and character with regard to wine.

Come discover it as few have done. Understand why was Alentejo chosen by USA Today as “Best Wine Region to Visit” and why has Douro been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


This guide features over one hundred wine-tourism units, among nineteenth-century palaces, boutique hotels and centenary farmhouses, and tells you the stories of the people who bring them to life.


Authored by one of the leading experts in the area, this is the mostcomprehensive, thorough and up-to-date guide to wine tourism in Portugal, where you can find what to visit, and a selection of the main
hotels and restaurants where wine reigns supreme.

Zestbooks cannot be held accountable if you suddenly fall in love with wine, or decide to move closer to this wine-growing paradise of ours, or if you start feeling the unbridled desire to make your own wine, or open a restaurant or even a wine cellar.


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Maria João de Almeida has been a journalist since 1995, specializing in wine. She was a contributor to several magazines, and has worked at TVI television network, having then joined Expresso newspaper for over a decade, where she produced a guide to Portuguese wine routes, and coordinated several features on gastronomy and wine.

From 2006 onward, she has been a contributor to major Brazilian publications such as O Estado de São Paulo, and a member in the panel choosing the best Portuguese wines and restaurants for Vejamagazine. She has also been a columnist for TAP airline’s inflight magazine for several years.

Maria João is the editor of Escanção magazine, and member of the International Federation of Wine and Spirit Journalists and Writers, taking part in the panel of several national and international wine and gastronomy contests.

In 2009 she launched, an important website on wine, gastronomy and tourism, as well as VinhoTV, the first TV channel devoted to wine on the Internet.

She has written a documentary on the Douro region for national television, and written and hosted a series of programs on Portuguese wine routes.

Maria João is also a trainer on wine-tasting courses, and has taught in the Wine-Tourism Marketing postgraduate degree, at Universidade Lusófona.


Besides this guide, she has published two other books: Memórias do Vinho, and 112 Conselhos para Perceber de Vinho.

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