The Fladgate Port Harvest press trip took place this year from 16-18 September and saw journalists, Tom Cannavan, David Kermode and Phoebe French join us for a visit to Porto and the Douro Valley.

Day 1 kicked off with glorious sunshine as we travelled up to Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas. The first port of call was a boat trip down the Douro, white Port and tonic in hand.

Chip Dry & Tonic

After a delicious dinner (almond soup being my personal highlight and, no, we weren’t allowed to know the secret recipe!) we all donned our treading togs and followed the sounds of laughing and singing down to the lagar to help with treading the grapes.

Foot treading
Harvest group

On the second day, we headed to Croft’s Quinta da Roêda where we were met by legendary Chief Winemaker, David Guimaraens, who talked to us about sustainability in viticulture, grape growing and the art of blending.


This was followed by a stroll in the vineyards, and David explaining all of the techniques employed to aid sustainable grape growing.

David Guimaraens

After a morning of intensive learning, we headed to Fonseca’s Quinta do Panascal for lunch and then a ride back through the valley to Porto for an overnight stay at the luxurious Yeatman hotel. After an evening aperitif looking out over the city of Porto, it was time for dinner and bed.


The following day saw breakfast with Adrian Bridge, CEO of the Fladgate Partnership before a whirlwind tour of the World of Wine, currently under construction and planned for completion in 2020.

The final stop on the trip was the Taylor’s visitor centre and a tasting of the range before it was time for us to head home!