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Trips Galore!

Independent retailers and sommeliers in the Douro
Independent retailers and sommeliers in the Douro

There have been trips galore for the UK trade and press to Portugal, thanks to the efforts of ViniPortugal.

Sarah Ahmed and Tom Cannavan have been enjoying the delights of potential candidates for the 50 Great Portuguese Wines events in 2011; Anne Forrest took her team from Direct Wines on an all inspiring whistle-stop trip around Portugal incorporating Lisboa, Alentejo, Tejo and Douro. Independent retailers joined Judy and Catia on a fabulous trip to the Alentejo. Rowan Gormley and a group of Naked archangels (well fully clothed, but I’m sure you get the picture!) enjoyed visiting their current suppliers in the Douro and Dão as well as meeting potential producers at a generic tasting in the magnificent Palacio de Balsa in Porto, and last, but by no means least ViniPortugal’s Marta Galamba excelled herself on her first guided tour to the Douro with a group of sommeliers and wine-buyers.

Independent retailers enjoying the sunshine in the Alentejo
Independent retailers enjoying the sunshine in the Alentejo

If you are interested in joining ViniPortugal on a trip then why not register for the International Conference in December, or Essencia do Vinho in March. Alternatively get in touch with Sarah Johnson who will be able to let you know about other opportunities for 2011.