Wine Under The Alenquer Sun
A city set on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon has a history longer and richer than any other European city. Facing the river Tagus, connected by the stunning bridge the reminds us of San Francisco's Golden Gate, the charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past. Its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city's rich cultural heritage. With nine distinct DOC appellations, Lisbon's wine-producing region is no less impressive. Today you will discover the outstanding terroir of the Alenquer DOC.
Your destination will be Chocapalha Wine Estate, located in the sun-drenched hills of Alenquer, about an hour northwest of Lisbon. Here you will enjoy a private tour, tasting and lunch at a wonderful and enchanting property that is not only known for its architecture, but also for its history, beauty and wines. The vineyards of Chocapalha date back to the 16th century and were given to a Scotsman, Diogo Duff, who fought for King João VI and received both the land and the "Tower and Sword" insignia. The current owners Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva bought the property in the mid-1980s and made significant improvements, allowing this small family-owned winery to earn 90-point scores from Wine Spectator and 4 stars from Decanter. The wine tasting will be led by winemaker and daughter of the owners, Sandra Tavares da Silva, or a member of the oenology staff. Following the tasting, you will join the family for afternoon lunch at their charming house. Return to the ship in the late afternoon with time to get ready for an evening out on the town.