Notes from the Winner of our International Trip for Two to Portugal

3/10/2010

Earlier this year, we sent lucky winners Michael and Stacy Gallagher to Peso da Regua, Portugal to soak up the culture and enjoy some fabulous wines from winery Quinta do Vallado. The seven day, six night adventure included accommodations at the winery's own bed and breakfast and a night's dining experience with the world renowned winemaker. The peaceful and scenic town is the hub of Portugal's premium wine region and specializes in Port as well. It is backed by the Serra do Marao mountains and overlooks the tranquil Douro Valley at the site where the Corgo and Douro rivers converge. Traditionally, this town transported their barrels of wine and port down the river using Rabelos (wooden sailing ships) to the town of Vila Nove de Gaia. Tourists can still experience this journey upon river boats that carry passengers through the locks of two dams to Regua. The Gallagher's were kind enough to send us notes about their trip, as well as a few pictures. Here's what they had to say and show about their experience: Our trip to Portugal and Quinta do Vallado was fabulous. Stacy and I enjoyed every minute. We spent several days in Lisbon sightseeing and then hired a driver to tour the country. We went to Nazarre, Batalia, Combre and Porto to name a few places. The castles, monastaries and Port houses held so much history.  A thrill to view something six centuries old. The Quinta do Vallado was beautiful. Paula and Rafael were very gracious hosts. The property was spectacular and infinity pool awesome. We also took the train to see a number of different towns. The Portuguese are very friendly to Americans and proud people.  Thank you for arranging a great trip. We will never forget it. We highly recommend visiting Portugal and Quinta do Vallado. Attached are a few photos from our trip... Have a great day and hope to see you in the near future. All the best, Mike and Stacy Think you'd enjoy travelling to an exotic country to sample some of the finest wines the region has to offer? If so, we've got great news. There's still time to sign up for the opportunity to win our Italian Wine Country Trip for two. Visit "Super Italian Giveaway" to enter. We'll be accepting enteries until March 15 for this seven day, six night stay at the famous Hotel Hermitage, just outside of Florence. You'll enjoy winery tours and five winery dinners with this adventure. Good Luck!