Quinta do Castro's Infinity Pool
Quinta do Castro's Infinity Pool.
Departing from Pinhão one should ride towards west on the north side of the Douro river. Quinta do Crasto's winery & vineyards are then located about 20-30 minutes away from Pinhão.
Quinta do Castro is well known for its fine Douro wines but what I would like to present here is its Infinity Pool, which really amazes me with its views over the vineyards and the Douro river below (5 pictures).
I've been myself at Quinta do Crasto quite a few times already but unfortunately on the day I took those shots it was a cloudy day. As a result these 5 pictures (on this Tip) do not make 100% justice to the full beauty of Castro's pool.
wikipedia: An infinity pool is a swimming pool which produces a visual effect of the water extending to the horizon or to "infinity". In reality the edge of the pool is below the water level, the water spilling into a trough from where it is pumped back into the pool. The effect is particularly impressive where the invisible edge appears to merge with a larger body of water such as the ocean, or with the sky (if the pool is located on the side of a hill or mountain).
Wine Critics' Top destination
Due to its famous Port Wine and also to an unique landscape of its vineyards, etc, Pinhão, located in the heart of the Douro Valley, is one of the Top destinations for Wine Critics & International Journalists in general.
Pictured on this Tip we have:
» Nicos Neocleous London, UK.
» David Glancy, California, USA.
» Timothy Teichgraeber, California, USA.
» Rebecca Chapa California, USA.
» José Eduardo of Quinta do Noval, Portugal.
The views over the Douro going up (east) river
The views over the Douro going up (east) river.
Once in Pinhão a nice travel plan would be to take the Train and ride east.
The Train railway goes east sided by the river. Visitors would then get to see these nice views over the Douro River. (5 pictures on this Tip).
Porto is known worldwide for its excellent sweet wine. Grapes for wine making come from the Douro region, some beautiful step landscapes by River Douro full of vineyards. Some other wines are produced here – the Douro region wine, also very good.
Vineyards and the harvest are one of the most important events that take place during the year. A whole set of traditions and customs are associated with this ancient “technique” and villages and its people are thrilled about the harvest event. It is their way of living; it is a tradition that is inherited from father to son along the decades and centuries.
Quinta do Silval
Quinta do Silval is located 6 Km north Pinhão, driving towards Alijó.
The estate, owned by the Magalhães family, has an Rural Wine Hotel open for guests.
Members of the Magalhães family are generally around during the weekends and they will be pleased to provide guests with details on their wines.
Quinta do Silval produces Douro Reds branded Dorna Velha and Port Wines branded Magalhães.
List of Douro Reds:
» Dorna Velha, Douro DOC 2000
» Dorna Velha, Tinta Roriz 2003
» Dorna Velha, Tinta Baroca 2003
» Dorna Velha, Colheita Seleccionada 2003
» Dorna Velha, Reserva 2000
List of Port Wines:
» Magalhães, LBV 1999
» Magalhães, Vintage 2000
Magalhães Vintage Port 2000 got a 5***** star on Decanter Magazine December 2003.
So far Quinta do Silval has declared a Magalhães Vintage Port in the years of 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Besides Portugal, this company's wines are nowadays being sold in various markets such us Brazil, Switzerland, Denmark, England, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, USA, Canada, Dutch Polynesia. Cape Verde Islands, Angola and soon in Norway as well.
Under vine, In total, Quinta do Silval owns 60 hectares = about 148 acres.