Follow the journey…

Ever thought about giving up your job and moving into the middle of nowhere in the Portuguese countryside?

That’s what Ana & Al have done in search of great wine.

The globetrotting former war correspondent and ex-diplomat couple have decided making wine will be their big new adventure.

On a Portuguese wine pilgrimage

But knowing little more than P stands for Port and that V stands for Vinho Verde, they are quenching a thirst for knowledge by going on a Portuguese wine pilgrimage.

Join them on their cross-country foray through cork oak forests getting their teeth into some Touriga Nacional and their tongues around some other uniquely named Portuguese grape varieties.

Meeting the makers

They’ll meet maverick winemakers, visit vineyards full of storytellers and taste their way through two thousand years of grape-growing history.

Find out for yourself the secret the world’s wine experts have already discovered: that Portugal is not just a treasure trove of high-end fine wines but home to some of the best value for money vinos in the world.

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Alastair Leithead
Portugal trainee. Learning how to live off the grid in rural Alentejo after nearly 20 years as a BBC foreign correspondent. Collecting stories along the way.