Lovelies if you have been reading along for any length of time you will know that I enjoy a nice glass of port wine and Taylor Fladgate is what I reach for ( just take a look at my IG). On a recent adventure to Portugal I made my way to Porto, the journey may have been inspired by the fact that Taylor Fladgate is located there.
The day we had planned to visit was a gloomy, rainy day - but that did not stop us from tackling the cobblestone streets with umbrella in hand. Come along on my experience:
I was excited to share my port experience with my friend L. (aka Crazy Asian), she is not a real fan of port, but is always up for trying new experiences and wanted to share this exciting adventure with me. We opted to start with the tasting room and then go back and do the self guided tour, which is offered in eleven languages, and takes you on the evolution of the four century old producer of fine port.
I choose the 1985 and L. choose the 2004. Once the bread basket and olive oil (which was divine, and I regret not having purchased a bottle or two in the gift shop), and port was served, we waited, and waited for our server to return with napkins and plates, and with a few words about the port we were about to experience.
After waiting, and waiting, and waiting - and watching other tables around us being served bread baskets and other accompaniments to their port with plates and napkins; the bottle of port they had chosen being brought over and being told about the port - I made my way to where our serve was standing speaking with other servers and asked for plates and napkins, which were handed to me.
No one ever did make their way over to check on us, but we made the best of it by coming up with our own story about the port we were enjoying. And yes it was very nice, and I thoroughly savoured it.
The grounds were breathtaking and we could only imagine how wonderful it would be to sit on the terrace sipping our port if the weather had cooperated. The feathered friends that roam freely were definitely a highlight and add to the experience.
The shop is filled with a wonderful selection of vintage port and branded items for Taylor Fladgate fans.
After the experience we had in the tasting room, we passed on going on the self guided tour. While my first experience to Taylor Fladgate, fell short of my expectations, if I find my way back to Porto (which I'm hoping to), I will definitely give TF a second try.
Lovelies, the on-site restaurant looked inviting an the menu taste bud worthy. My suggestion would be if you are a TF connoisseur - give yourself at least a half day to take it all in (the museum, grounds, tasting room and restaurant ).