You might know, I spent time with my daughter last week. Last year we managed to celebrate my birthday together, culminating in a rather lovely wine tour. Happy to repeat the experience, if not the exact event, I searched for somewhere to wander through a vine or two. Morgado do Quintáo, not far from Silves, provided the very place.
Following Google Maps, we thought we had the vineyard nicely pinned, but entry was not quite so simple. Eventually we decided on some blue gates at the rear of the property, and a friendly voice over the intercom told us we were in the right place. We followed a rough trail round to the farmhouse, and were delighted to find that we had company for the sampling. An Irish couple and 2 young folk from Norway were waiting beneath the 2,000 year old olive tree. Moments later our hostess joined us, and the tasting began.
We were sampling 3 wines, cultivated from ancient vines of Crato Branco and Negra Mole. The vineyard was being brought to life, after years of neglect, with careful nurturing. A wonderful spread of petiscos (nibbles) accompanied our wines, including bread, meats, local cheese, honey and delicious plum chutney. The small businesses help each other out, more than happy to share their fine produce. We chatted amongst ourselves, sharing our stories with each sip of wine, alongside the history of the grape. An affectionate retriever made eyes at my daughter, when the owner wasn’t looking. Just a morsel of meat? So hard to resist.
The wind was a little chill beneath the olive tree and I took myself off to play around with the flamingos bobbing on the pool, until it was time for the vineyard tour. I love the russets of the vines at this time of year, the harvest safely stored.
It’s not a large enterprise, but they are hopeful that the business will grow. If enthusiasm reaps rewards, they should do well. The old farmhouse hides a wealth of antique machinery, and a wardrobe that seems to invite entry, for surely Narnia must be beyond those doors?
I gleefully acquired the last jar of plum chutney in the low key sales pitch afterwards. Next year they will host their first wedding. Already there is guest accommodation on site. So easy to relax here with a good glass of wine. I hope you enjoyed the experience.
Not too much walking this week, but I can always offer you great company. As we drove off, the retriever lolloped alongside of us, his tail a golden plume in the setting sun. I think we made a friend.
Many thanks to all of you who stroll with me on a Monday, or any other day. Feel free to join me here with a walk of your own, or simply enjoy the walks I share. Details are over on my Jo’s Monday walk page.
Let’s start with a very special walk with my Australian friend, Miriam. Please do read and share :
Janet is back from a break. Guess where?
There are some good-looking cities around, and Lady Lee has enjoyed many :
Candy shares a less well-known but beautiful city, too :
Can you have too much of a good thing? Jackie has her own view :
Meanwhile, Drake can always make something out of nothing. It’s a skillset!
If you want to walk in the Lake District, Tea Bee will be your willing guide :
And if you’re thinking of doing the Camino, Cathy has very many experiences to share :
A man after my own heart, Andrew- not to mention his lovely wife :
And what can I say about Meg- my perfect companion :
Or Margaret, busy squirreling away for the winter :
There are some places that simply weave a spell. Share one with Ann Christine :
That’s all for another week. I hope you have a good one. P.S No cakes today! They’re all here.