Waking up at Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo and seeing the Douro first thing in the morning was one of the highlights of this trip. Swimming in their pool amidst the vineyards was dream like or movie like. In fact I did feel like a celebrity drinking a bottle of their 3 Pomards white blend in a crystal glass between dips. That didn’t last long as we had to get ready to go to the next wine region: the Dao.
The mesmerizing scenery inspired us to drive through the Serra da Estrela and not take the main road. Little did we know that the Serra da Estrela is not only Portugal’s highest mountain range at 1993 meters of altitude, but also a stunningly beautiful Natural Park famous for skiing and for its cheese, which recipe date from medieval times.
As we approached the top of the Serra, the road was almost inexistent, and besides the lights coming from the car, it was pitch black and cold up there. Nearly 7 hours later we made to our hotel- off the beaten path and away from all the wineries I wanted to visit- I was trilled to simply slip under the covers. For the first time I didn’t even think about wine.