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Melgaço: Solar do Alvarinho

February 18, 2011

“Solar do Alvarinho” is a building in the old historical town of Melgaço – Portugal dedicated to the advertising, development and sale of Alvarinho wine. (Marked as a Cup in the map)

Alvarinho Soalheiro

Alvarinho is considered by many to be the noblest of the Portuguese white wines and is for sure the “Vinho Verde” which reaches the higher alcoholic graduations.

This wine has spread to other regions in the planet but the real Alvarinho production is limited to the sub-region “Monção and Melgaço” in northern Portugal. And it’s only made from Alvarinho grapes.

The building was among the centuries a town hall, a courthouse and a library. The top floor features a tasting room where you can try and compare the brands for FREE. Following the guidance of the employee I tasted the 2010 “Soalheiro” and a new addition to the Alvarinho family: Organic Farming – “Quinta das Alvaianas”.

At the ground floor there’s the bar/cafeteria and the shop where besides the wine you can also find other local traditional products like the “chouriço” or the “presunto”.

Wine&Spirits magazine describes “Follies Alvarinho 2009” like this:

“Rating: 92/100 – As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 08/09. While the aroma is flinty and a little undeveloped, the flavors already show layers of fruit, from Mandarin orange and lime to white peach and an anise-like fennel note. The contrast between smoky richness and freshness makes this a luscious wine to enjoy in late summer with lobster and corn on the cob, both off the grill.”

For more information about Melgaço please check the other posts in this category.

Photos taken in January 2011.

Melgaço: Christmas lights

December 24, 2009

Here are some photos of the Christmas lights in the streets of Melgaço. Some of the photos were taken in the same places of previous Melgaço posts. Hope you like them, Merry Christmas everyone.

Melgaço: Cinema Museum

November 11, 2009

Museu de Cinema de Melgaço – ticket: 1€

More than thirty years ago a French cinephile met a Portuguese couple and accepted their proposition to spend holidays in Melgaço. His name was Jean-Loup Passek, he was responsible for the International Festival of La Rochelle, a cinema counselor at the Georges Pompidou Centre, wrote a Cinema Dictionary (“Dictionnaire du Cinema” edited by Larousse) and coordinated the “Camera d’Or” award in the Cannes Festival. It seems he was so much charmed by the town that some say he mentioned the ideia of creating a museum dedicated to the 7th art in his first visit.

The Cinema Museum of Melgaço contains all the donated private collection of Jean-Loup Passek. I was told that the first room is permanent and the rest keeps rotating every week or two.

Cinema 1st Room

First Room

 In the first room you’ll find XIX century objects, previous to the invention of the cinematograph by the Lumière brothers, like magic lanterns and others with strange names like “Zoetrope”, “Praxinoscope”, “Phenakistoscope” or “Phantascope”. Not only are these old inventions of technique and science but also the testimony of the search of new ways of entertainment and of manipulating perception by Mankind.

Poster Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita poster

After the first room, when I visited the museum, the rest of the exposition was dedicated to the Italian director Federico Fellini (1920 – 1993), with film posters, photos and even a letter from the director to Jean-Loup Passek. As said before, this section changes periodically.

The museum also features a small “viewing room” with chairs facing a screen hanging in front of the exposed Castle wall. The screen displays short films of Charlie Chaplin and of Buster Keaton, among others.

The museum is located in Old Town – Vila – Melgaço. For more info check other posts under the “Melgaço” category like THIS ONE.

Melgaço: more photos

November 7, 2009

More photos taken in Vila – Melgaço. Please check the map i’ve created in Google for orientation: HERE.

Melgaço: Exploring the town

November 6, 2009

Although the municipality of Melgaço covers a wide area (238,1km2 or 91, 9 square miles approximately) the main town – “Vila” is a small place.

Walking is the best way to explore Vila and I think I don’t need to recommend you a specific path. You’ll find multiple services like the Post Office, cafes and stores as you would expect from any small town. It’s also safe so if you want to go out for your explorations at 4a.m you won’t have any problem. Please check the map i’ve created in Google for orientation: HERE.

Some tips to guide your walk:

There are two squares in Vila: “Largo Hermenegildo Solheiro” where the TownHall is located and near the Firefighter’s HQ; “Praça da Republica” where you can visit small underground ruins and there’s also a free Internet Center.

City Hall

Largo Hermenegildo Solheiro

You should also walk along the “Rio do Porto” Urban Park (blue line) along a small river to find a playground for kids, a small half-pipe (and an area for skaters to master their tricks) and a bar (called Rio’s) behind the City Hall.

In the Old Town zone, streets are smaller and maybe more confusing. If you follow “Rua Direita” which pretty much is the main-broader-street there you should have no problem finding the entrance to the Castle, “Solar do Alvarinho” (– the building dedicated to the Alvarinho Wine), the “Matriz” Church and the Cinema Museum. The Castle Gardens are also nearby of course.


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