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5 of the best wine regions to visit by luxury yacht

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Porto and the Douro Valley, Portugal : the wine region for foodies, too

Out on the Atlantic shores of Europe, Porto and the Douro Valley are absolute musts for wine lovers, especially now that Douro Marina (which can take yachts of up to 50 metres) has been completely refurbished. In coastal Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from Porto, Graham’s Port Lodge boasts a fine restaurant and excellent tours. Nearby Taylor’s also runs a first-rate tour, followed by tastings in the elegant Library Room or outside on the terrace.

Down near the quay, Ramos Pinto is definitely worth a visit, not only for the cellars and tasting, but also for the fascinating museum, housed in Adriano Ramos Pinto’s former office, preserved as it was in the 1930s. For fine dining, head to Rui Paula’s DOP in the Palace of Arts in Porto’s historic area. I recommend the several-course Douro Menu with dishes such as caramelised apple stuffed with foie gras, and langoustine with calamari and beans.

Still in Portugal (sort of), the island of Madeira is home to a unique “cooked” style of fortified wine, all types of which can be tasted at Henriques & Henriques and the Madeira Wine Company, which owns Blandy’s, Cossart Gordon, Leacock’s and Miles.

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