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Vila Vita Parc, Portugal: Restaurants & Wine Cellar

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Breakfast overlooking the ocean 

at the Atlântico restaurant: exhilarating (picture 1)! Around 10 am, the sun is already pretty strong and the day before we were afraid it would rain! The green garden bordering the coast, draws perfectly on the ocean blue.

The view is stunning: picture 2, taken at the Ocean restaurant, the ocean view is quite similar to the terrace of the Atlântico! Every day we choose a new table at breakfast with a different view of the ocean.

The buffet of the Atlântico restaurant is varied: excellent fresh fruits bursting with sunshine, with a friendly discreet service. Photos 2, 3 and 4: Ocean, the famous gourmet restaurant with two Michelin stars! Photo 2: Empty wine decanters, like in an alchemist’s lair … Photo 3: A giant Fabergé egg in malachite!

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The best fish in the world

I dreamed of a great fish to change (LOL!). We dine “casual chic” in Adega, the restaurant of Portuguese specialties. Discovering my huge dish, I am impressed by the size of the fish (picture above and on the last picture of this article : photo 1, the terrasse of Adega)! 

I learned that chefs of gourmet restaurants in London and New York charter aircraft with fish caught in the area the same day. This year, the fish of the Algarve have received the title of best fish in the world.

I’m not a foodie, but I can appreciate some great ingredients: my fish is excellent! As a starter, I chose delicious shrimps! A kind of proteins orgy : ) 

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Do you know the Portuguese Pétrus?

No, this is not a Madeira wine, but a grand cru of Douro, North of Portugal: the Barca Velha (picture above).

At seven meters under ground (the adventure begins!), we meet the sommelier José Figueirinha for a private tour of the Vila Vita Parc wine cellar. Exceptional cellar in Portugal, with an average of 11,000 bottles (pictures below 2 & 3).

Many great Portuguese and French wines (including Château Latour), but also Italian, Spanish or South African wines … And a room especially dedicated to Porto Vintage.

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés


www.vilavitaparc.com, the restaurants : Atlântico, OceanAdega & the Wine cellar, Cave de Vinhos 

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My friend and I were hosted by the Vila Vita Parc. As always these are my opinions! Many thanks to the Vila Vita Parc team.

Bordeaux, France: Wines & Design @ Ad Francos

Ad Francos (“To Francs”) is a vineyard, with a stylish castel and wine storehouse. The Belgian current owners, Viviane and André Vossen, have mixed with sobriety and refinement, design and heritage. I really liked the view on the vines, the round inner courtyard and wine storehouses very uncluttered. To produce Great Wines (appellation : Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux), the owners appealed to the oenologist Michel Rolland. It is possible to schedule visits on R.V.

Informations : Ad Francos, www.bordeaux.com  

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Bordeaux and Bordeaux Wine Route