***Note*** This experience can be enhanced when done in conjunction with the Douro Valley Experience. Message me to learn more! Be among the first to discover the Dão & Lafões wine region, also home of the best cheese in Portugal, with this relaxing and highly sensory oriented experience! This experience will cater to all your senses – from the touch with interacting with the animals, observing their behavior; to tasting the different Dão wines throughout the meal; feeling the scent - and tasting! – the best cheese and sausages in Portugal, and finally admiring the beautiful landscaped from the top of the tallest mountain in Portugal. After picking you up in Porto we will drive for 2h until we reach the Madre De Água vineyard and farm. There we will meet the Serra da Estrela dogs, goats, Bordaleira sheep, and Lusitano horses. Then we will have a meal with typical flavors from the region, along with a wine tasting – 6 different table wines – from this beautiful and exquisite vineyard. After lunch we will head to the top of the mountain, visiting the cheese and sausage shops, tasting the different products. From the top, we will also enjoy the unique views, before heading back to Porto. We will then get back to Porto - where we will arrive by 7 PM.
My name is Sérgio Costa and I'm a biologist. For me, the main reason to undertake biology was the contact with nature, animals, plants and share this passion with others. Following my highly successful experience in the Douro Valley, I am now presenting an entirely new one, in an undiscovered region of Portugal - Serra da Estrela. This region is one of the best places to visit in Portugal during Winter. Leveraging my science background, I can give you unique insights and interpretations from geological history, fauna (wild and domesticated animals) and flora of the region - as well as the unique products of Serra da Estrela: the wines of the Dão Region - largely overlooked but with excellent taste; as well as the cheeses, considered the best ones in Portugal! As usual, our trips are performed in an electric vehicle, a Tesla Model X!
Tasting of typical products - wine, cheese, olive oil and jams Lunch - Portuguese flavors with a modern twist
Water will be available for the entire day, Wine tasting at the farm/vineyard; Café after lunch.
Driving to the different locations in a comfortable, luxurious and emissions-free Tesla.
Farm - Coudelaria Madre de Água - Nature and Animal interaction activities, tastings and lunch Peak of Serra da Estrela Mountain
The Experience involves 2h trips - to and from Serra da Estrela. Convenient stops will be done along the way, if necessary. In case of severe weather - snowstorms - the roads leading to the top of the mountain may be closed. In this case, we will visit the Seia Bread Museum.
Wine, Cheese & Animals - Dão wine region