Heading south but keeping cool: Herdade de Cebolal

“I used to say that our family’s DNA has a special mark: to make wines, to be winemakers,” Isabel Mota Capitão, 4th generation winemaker from Herdade de Cebolal, told me while we strolled through the estate’s vineyards in southern Portugal. Her son and chief winemaker, Luís Mota Capitão, was busy in the winery when I…

Short but sweet: A Quick Visit to Herdade do Mouchão

After Cortes de Cima, I did something I have never really done before: I drove aimless through the countryside with no clear destination at all. I hadn’t booked a place to sleep for the night and the evening would be fast approaching but despite this (and surely because of it) I felt a huge sense…

To travel is to live: Visiting Cortes de Cima

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen  So I hit the Portuguese road. From Porto I went south and followed the coast, stopping at medieval towns and lonely villages that were far…

Hit the road Jack…

My friend Stan once said, “You learn by doing”. This is a true story. Good old Stan knows a few things. He said these words of wisdom while we savoured our Tandoori Chicken and Beef Tikka Massalla at the Indian restaurant down the street from the office. He was serious in his advice, looking at…