Portugal Revisited – 3. Palácio da Brejoeira.


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Palácio da Brejoeira is an early nineteenth century neo-classical manor house with beautifully decorated rooms, magnificent furniture, extensive formal gardens and vineyards in the Minho sub-region of Monção. It was declared a Portuguese National Heritage site in 1910 and opened to the public in 2010.

We visited Palácio da Brejoeira on our way back to Ponte de Lima after the Anselmo Mendes tasting in Melgaço. There were dark clouds in the sky and rain looked imminent. We bought our tickets and followed the tired looking guide first in to the well kept formal gardens. “No photographs in the house” she warned in a stern voice looking at my camera.

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The estate has extensive and mature Alvarinho vineyards and makes its own Vinho Verde and distils Aguar Dente.

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We walked through the winery in to the impressive and beautiful house. The images below are not mine!

At the end of the tour, the guide poured us a glass of Palácio da Brejoeira wine. It was well made, crisp and like most Vinho Verde of recent years, was very pleasant. I didn’t ask to buy any but the price is aid to be high.

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The sun came out again as we drove to Ponte de Lima to taste at its principal Adega.

The visit was arranged by Mafalda Nicolau Almeida of Miles Away

 

 

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