9-20 Sandeman Tour and lunch at a Quinta at the top of a hill.

See the terraces? See the vines? This is where the fruit comes from for the Sandeman wines and ports

OK – it’s Wednesday, I think, and we are off to Quinta do Seixo for a tour and tasting. What a surprise, they make Port! Actually they make a number of wines not the least of which is Port. This Quinta is actually the home of Sandeman – a “most renowned wine estate”.

A lovely walkway covered with vines as we entered the building.
The logo is meant to make you think of the student robs in the University we visited a few days ago and the hat is a reference to Spain as they also have produced sherry from that part of the world.

A large wine consortium that also owns, what a coincidence also owns Mateus where we were yesterday owns this. Sandeman was established in 1790 and has been producing port wine ever since. The logo is meant to make you think of the student robs in the University we visited a few days ago and the hat is a reference to Spain as they also have produced sherry from that part of the world.

 

 

 

 

These are the crushing and fermentation tanks. Note the metal rods sticking down in the tank, these are performing the “crush”

 

 

 

 

 

The tour was interesting – seems they make a lot of wine – but nothing out of the ordinary having been on any number of wine tours over the years.  However, the fermentation area and the crushing system was interesting.  They still crush the fruit in open tanks – in this case made of granite and highlight polished on the inside but they use a mechanical “stomper” as seen in the photo.

Inside Sandeman – some 10,000 bottles on display.
Aging barrels at Sandeman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tasted a couple of wines both of which were enjoyable – a medium dry white Port and a Ruby Port.

Having a beverage after the tour at Sandelman. Nice tasting drink.
Here we are outside the tasting room of Sandeman overlooking the Douro River. Beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After tasting we re-boarded the bus and headed to lunch at Quinta da Avessada.

 

 

 

 

 

As we arrived for lunch, we were met by this two of musicians.

This Quinta is part of a consortium that produces Moscatel and we had a traditional lunch to go with it.

 

Our lunch spot included a tasting of the local wines. New friends, Michele and Kelly overlooking the pond.
Old barrels – holding wines from several generations ago – great – great grandfather of the owner.
Large barrels still being used inside the building. These hold the owner’s Father’s and Grandfather’s productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All very nice but I didn’t take pictures of the food, sorry. We headed back to the boat and where able to see lots of terraces vineyard along the road. All in all an interesting day. One side note, this trip does not want for wine and food – there is PLUNTY of both!

 

One Reply to “9-20 Sandeman Tour and lunch at a Quinta at the top of a hill.”

  1. Hello…sure looks like you are having fun. Great pics from the Sandeman! You’ve had your three month anniversary of traveling together, at your 12th month I would anticipate a wedding vow renewal!

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