Mountain Breeze: Bread, Wine and Cheese

Workshop, Serra da Estrela (Portugal)

Workshop — Serra da Estrela (Portugal)

With the sun still high in the sky, early in the afternoon, we leave with the herd and the shepherd for a wander around the trails of the mountain.

· Fornos de Algodres
· Casa da Várzea
· Vila Soeiro do Chão
· Juncais

On the way, we take time to get to know the surroundings, talking to the shepherd about transhumance and his work, the native plants that feed the sheep (and give the milk its flavour), observe the landscapes and listen to the birdsong and the bells playing in the wind.

After our walk we can have a beirão snack, packed full of mountain produce. This will prepare us for our arrival at the dairy, where we will learn, through the voice of experienced cheesemakers, about the whole process of artisanal cheese production, accompanied by a tasting.

Late in the afternoon we will arrive at the Hotel for a well deserved rest and dinner.

The next morning we return to the cheese factory to follow another stage of the production, getting to know the various stages of cheese ripening, with the chance to taste it.

A lazy regional lunch will follow, closing the programme. We leave Serra da Estrela with the afternoon light.

200

Cost per person with all included.

includes insurance, beirão snack, Saturday dinner, sleeping in a double room, Sunday lunch and activities with guide and workshop leader.
Supplements: single room — 55€.

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