One of Europe’s least-known countries, Portugal never fails to surprise and delight the intrepid travelers who venture there.
In the signature line of his emails, Andrew Harper's wine concierge, Hal Oates, includes a short blurb from the Bible: "Wine to gladden the heart of man." That sentiment is shared not only by Oates, but also by the growing number of travelers who head off in search of great wine destinations year after year.
During our previous visit to Northern Portugal, we stayed at two remarkable properties in the Douro Valley: Aquapura and Romaneira, choosing the latter as our 2009 Hideaway of the Year. On a return trip, we began in the charming city of Porto.