LIFE+ | One week in Portuguese wine`s world


Portugal was very rainy and windy. Our first contact with the local culture was with their culinary. When we arrived in Povoa de Varzim, we went out to nearby restaurant. There we ate Francesinha - made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato with beer sauce, it`s typically served with French fries. Also we tried Pastel de nata which is a Portuguese egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. On that day we found out about a nice place- Theatro, where we found a large choice of Portuguese wines. At the dinner was our first meeting with the others teams, who quickly became our friends.

The second day began with a trip to Ponte de Lima. The name of this city comes from the spectacular bridge over the River Lima. There we saw the Torre da Cadeia Velha – a prison for the people who were trying to poison the water of the nearby fountain and it had been a part of the entrances wall of the city.

Our next stop was Viana do Castelo. It`s one of most ancient cities in Portugal. There we saw the Basilica of Santa Luzia which offers the third best beautiful view in the world according to Discovery Channel. The symbol of the city is The heart of Viana, who had been the most beautiful girl in the city, it represents of 3 hearts- the biggest one is symbolizing the love of God and the two other smaller hearts- the love between the women and the man.

On the third day, we started our training wine courses. We learned a lot for the wine from the region- Vinho verde. After lectures we visited Barcelos. There we saw Teplo de Bom Jesus da Cruz, which is a civil parish, the bridge between Barcelos and Barcelinhos (means the smaller Barcelos). The symbol of Barselos is a rooster. There is a legend for the love between their beautiful princess and a poor boy. They had decided to go away, but after the princess`s father knew about their plan, he was very angry and decided to punish the boy. When they captured the boy, he sai