Vindima: grape picking season

The weather was particularly dry this year. Since the beginning of March it hardly rained, leaving farmers rather desperate. Those who irrigated the vineyards in August were able to save most of their harvest luckily. The grape picking season normally starts mid September and goes on to half October. At our family farm, ‘quinta‘ as we…

Forget Port, start drinking Ginja!

About an hour by car north of Lisbon you find one of Portugal’s pearls: Óbidos. An old town surrounded by castle walls. And within: many romantic white houses with yellow, blue and red coloured stripes. Of course, nowadays many tourist invade pittoresque Óbidos in summer and during festivals. Don’t worry: keep away from the main…

Real Bordallo Pinheiro pottery you buy in Caldas da Rainha

I grew up with Bordallo Pinheiro ceramics. In the old city centre of Caldas da Rainha, nameplates of streets are made by this ceramic company of late nineteen hundreds. And if you wonder why many houses around the thermal area have tiles in Jugendstil colours, the answer is: thanks to Bordallo Pinheiro! Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro…

Olives again next year?

“My father used to have a lot of work in the first months of the year”, João said. Meanwhile he is busy with a saw in his hands. It’s the end of February and it’s time to cut back the ancient olive trees. Our harvest has failed tremendously. Not one olive was saved from the new…