“Hell’s Kitchen” Winner Chef Holli Ugalde to Film New Cooking/Travel Series in Portugal

Chef Holli, Season 7 Hell’s Kitchen USA winner will be filming her new online cooking/travel series during the International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop to be held in the Great Wine Capital of Oporto, Portugal.

The show will be distributed by Celeb Wine Review TV and will focus on exposing viewers to food travel and preparing international cuisine at home. While in Portugal Chef Holli will conduct interviews, discuss food and wine, and seek out unique local ingredients. Once back in LA the show producers will  film cooking segments with Chef Holli preparing dishes she found in Portugal and showing how they can be prepared by home cooks around the world. The footage from Portugal and the studio cooking segments will be edited together to create season 1 of the cooking show. Through the show Chef Holli hopes to inspire food/wine travel to Portugal and provide additional publicity to wineries, restaurants, hotels and any kind of enterprise providing any kind of wine and culinary tourism experience….

Grand World Wine Tour Finally comes into Port for International Wine Tourism Conference

Authors of countless destination-focused feature stories, thousands of hotel and restaurant reviews, and over 40 travel guidebooks, Australian husband-wife travel writer and photographer team Lara Dunston and Terence Carter have called hotel rooms their home(s) since 2006, when they put their worldly possessions into storage in Dubai, UAE, their base since 1998. In 2010, Lara and Terence checked into holiday homes instead, partnering with Home-Away Holiday Rentals to embark on a unique project, a contemporary grand tour aimed at promoting slow and sustainable travel, local travel, and experiential travel.

As speakers at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Lara about their worldwide wine travels. Below are Lara’s responses to our questions: 

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto, Portugal as a wine destination? We’ve been to Portugal a number of times, for holiday and work – we wrote a guidebook to Lisbon for Lonely Planet many years ago – but we’ve never had the opportunity to get to Porto, so we’re relishing this chance! When I think of Porto and the Douro region, the first thing that comes to mind is the legendary Porto (Port), so we’re keen to try boutique Ports that might not be available elsewhere. We’ve also heard about this table wine revolution in the Douro, so keen to see what delicious drops have come from that. …

Vinho Verde Quintas & Oporto to Host Bloggers & Traditional Media

A group of 20 Bloggers and traditional media from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Dubai, India, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Spain, UK and USA will be travelling to the Great Wine Capital of Oporto for a jam packed 8 day programme Blogger/Media Fam Trip  including winery visits in the Vinho Verde region, 3 days of conference (and wines from Croatia, Italy, Texas, Turkey, Portugal…..) and after the event, more winery and hotel visits in the Douro.

A Pre-Conference tour will take them to the delightful Vinho Verde Wine Region on the 29th Jan and the programme will kick off with an Alvarinho wine tasting led by Provam winemaker José Domingues. This will be followed by dinner with Conde Francisco de Calheiros in the Paço de Calheiros Manor House, one of the many Solares of Portugal….

New World Wine Tourism Streets Ahead of the Old World

Sebastian Ernst of Sebastian Ernst & Petra Wagner, based in Germany, specializes in wine, golf and language travel, offering individual, or combination packages. Mr. Ernst is an entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of the Leisure, Travel and Tourism industry. He can speak German, English and Spanish and is a huge golf fan!

As one of the participating travel agents at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Ernst about German Wine Tourism. Below are his answers:

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination? I guess it is a very well known destination for Wine, but for Wine tourism up to now people prefer more destinations in Spain, France and Italy….

H.R.H. The Duke of Braganza Opening Plenary Speaker at International Wine Tourism Conference

Opening Plenary session by H.R.H. The Duke of Braganza.

Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza was born on the 15th of May 1945. He is the 24th Duke of Braganza and the Successor to the Crown of Portugal. He is the son of Dom Duarte Nuno of Braganza and Dona Maria Francisca de Orleans e Braganza, Princess of Brazil. On December 24, 1976 Dom Duarte’s father, Dom Duarte Nuno died. Dom Duarte Pio succeeded as claimant to the Portuguese throne, thus becoming the 24th Duke of Braganza.Dom Duarte Pio is the closest male-line relative to Dom Manuel II, the last King of Portugal.

Notwithstanding Portugal being a Republic, the rights of succession as Head of the Royal House of Portugal continue to be governed by International Customary Law. The Portuguese State recognises that, according to the aforementioned rules of succession, the Royal House of Braganza and its Head, Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza are the legitimate successors of the Kings of Portugal.

Portugal as Wine and Culinary Destination

Portugal has a long tradition in winemaking; in fact the history producing wine in this country comes from much…

Charity to Winter in Portugal’s Hallowed Wine Regions

Charity Winters, the charming and delightful host for the The Celebrity Wine Review TV programme is looking forward to her trip to the “Old World” wine destination of Portugal for the upcoming International Wine Tourism Conference, Oporto 2011. Charity has heard so many positive things about wine and tourism in Portugal that she can’t wait to get reviewing wines and interviewing wine makers on location and on site during a packed conference programme.

Celebrity Wine Review is a web TV show based out of  Hollywood, CA. The team harnesses the power of social media tools to reach wine lovers every day. Audiences love their content, they interact with it, and more importantly to the winery – they interact with the fans on their behalf. The winery too, can join in the conversation if they wish so that they can respond in concert with them as they post their content.

Last in the trio of interviews with the Celeb  Wine Review TV team making the long journey from California to Oporto is Charity, the show’s host:

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, what would you say your impressions are of Portugal as a wine destination visit?…

Charles Metcalfe Hosts The Surprising Wines of Portugal Tasting at International Wine Tourism Conference 2011

Some 900 Portuguese quintas were notified about the upcoming wine tasting (within the context of the International Wine Tourism Conference)  titled  The Surprising Wines of Portugal to be led by one of the best-known, most spontaneous and amusing wine critics in Britain and co-author of ‘The Wine and Food Lovers Guide to Portugal’, Charles Metcalfe. Plenty of reds were put forward, a few whites, one or two sparkling and some port wines. Madeira failed to show any signs of life. 

The wines and quintas chosen by Charles for the tasting on Monday 31 January 2011 are as follows:…

Celeb Wine TV Show Unique Wine Stories to Thousands of Wine Lovers

The Celebrity Wine Review TV hosts and crew will be covering the whole of the upcoming International Wine Tourism Conference, Oporto 2011. Celebrity Wine Review is a web TV show based out of  Hollywood, CA. Celeb Wine harnesses the power of social media tools to reach wine lovers every day. Audiences love their content, they interact with it, and more importantly to the winery – they interact with the fans on their behalf. Of course, the winery too, can jump onto the conversation if they wish so that they can respond in concert with them as they post their content.

We interviewed 3 of the Celebrity Wine Review TV team making the long journey from California to Oporto. Second up is Show Producer & technology expert, Aleksey Klempner.

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination?

Conferences such as Wine Pleasure’s are a good way to highlight Porto’s ability to serve as an ideal wine tourism destination. It is exciting to see the city of Porto tackling the challenges of being a part of the growth of the Portuguese wine industry….

Celebrity Wine Review TV is a one of a kind opportunity for wineries

The Celebrity Wine Review TV hosts and crew will be covering the whole of the upcoming International Wine Tourism Conference, Oporto 2011. Celebrity Wine Review is a web TV show based out of  Hollywood, CA. The one constant on the show is wine, everything else is up for grabs. Their hosts are passionate about wine and invite their viewers to experience adventures with wine. The programme is an ideal vehicle for better wine  branding and marketing paticularly in the USA. As the programme is also extremely well connected in the social media communication world the programme reaches potentially billions of people worldwide.

We recently had the opportunity to interview 3 of the Celebrity Wine Review TV team making the long journey from California to Oporto. First up is Show Producer, Roie Edery….

Winery Architecture Gives Added Value to German Wine Travel Lovers

Wolfgang Volk, CEO of Arttours, placed close to one thousand clients on wine tours across Europe last year, offering tailor-made tours, with over two hundred of these operating across Germany. A slice of culture is what matters to Mr. Volk; Arttours not only touring the wineries, clients are offered the works, taking in the architecture, local restaurants and neighboring cities to get a true taste of the wines and their influences.

As one of the attendees at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Workshop , we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Volk.  Below are his responses to our questions:   

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination? Porto is a wonderful wine destination. It’s perfect for a wine tour. An old city with the Port-Cellars and the Douro River with its vineyards. So you can combine a city trip with beautiful landscape and boat trips….