A new direction

When we started this project, we really didn’t know how it would turn out. We didn’t have much experience with ‘blogging’ and ‘tweeting’. But there was a very real story to tell, a rare insight into the heart of our business, our Douro vineyards and the people that help us make our wines. We learned as we went along and thankfully you stuck with us.

Now that the dust has settled and the wines are safely stored for the coming winter, there has been time enough to think about what to do with this blog.

It was not an easy question to answer, we are all busy here in the Douro and in the Gaia lodges and we know now that you are too. Whatever we decided, our first priority must be to the people who have been following us everyday throughout the harvest.


Fortunately, you made up our mind for us. The feedback that we received, from all quarters and from all around the world, convinced us that we should keep going. And so we will.

Harvest time in the Douro is the peak of activity on our properties, a near 24 hour a day marathon that lasts 4 weeks or more. Many of you have accompanied this very interesting time here with us. But the work necessary to ensure optimum fruit at the vindima lasts all year. This is the story that we will continue to tell. We commit to share with you the faces and the places, the challenges and the successes as we tend our wines and our vineyards and prepare for the next harvest, a year from now.

We encourage you to stay with us and follow along as we post a couple of times a week with news of what is happening in the vineyards, in our cellars and in our tasting room.


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2 thoughts on “A new direction

  1. Hi Paul,

    Thank you very much! Since the start of your blog I’ve been a faithfull follower and I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s great to hear that you will continue with it on a regular basis, giving every port-lover wonderfull insight in the “daily life” of a top-producing quinta! Thanks again and….we’ll stay tuned!

    Paul Metman

  2. Thanks so much for your decision to continue with your blog. I have been enjoying it immensely – the writing is informative and humourous (and literate!) and the pictures are amazing. It always makes me wish I were in the Douro region which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.


    (PS Oh, and of course the wine is amazing!)

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