Douro Valley

Douro Valley is the heartland of port, the great fortified wine. It’s spectacularly beautiful, with steep, rocky terraces covered in vines. Visiting the region was a long-held ambition of mine, and it did not disappoint.


The cork industry has suffered in the last twenty-five years due to the number of “corked” wines. On a recent trip to Portugal, I learnt how producers are working very hard to redeem the image of the industry.

Douro and Port

Portugal - and the Douro region in particular - is of course famous for port. Those wines are historic and world-class, but the Douro also produces an increasingly good amount of red and, more surprisingly, white wine.


Madeira is one of the great wines of the world: fortified, cooked, and oxidised, it's an intense, ageworthy wine like no other. My visit to the Atlantic island gave me an insight into why these wines are so astonishing.