After a long couple of days surfing (note: in my case "surfing" = having a love affair with being drowned by waves of arctic temperatures (loved it by the way)), the idea of an afternoon wine tasting naturally sparked my interest. What better way to learn about Portuguese culture than to taste some of nature's magic water with a group of Scandinavians. Sounds horrible, I know.
I didn't know what to expect considering I hadn't seen too much of Portugal other than Ericeria, the bus to the beach & the beach (oh, and my face at the bottom of the ocean). Needless to say, impressed is an understatement.
From the moment we arrived at Quinta de Sant'Ana I was immediately blown away. The mustard color buildings are drowned in the most beautiful lavender blossomed vines, a flock of white doves wander around the vineyards, and the 1800's style architecture is on point. Not to mention, we were immediately greeted with a glass of a chilled light white wine - the perfect treat after a warm bus ride.
(no spitting, please)
The wine tasting was quite unique. There was no sitting and definitely no spitting. We wandered around the nooks and crannies of this romantic property while trying the lightest of whites, rieslings, rosés on the vineyard to oaky reds and reserve blends in the cellar. What is better than learning everything about wine while dabbling at cheese plates? (education and intoxication, sounds like college...)
Mustard architecture, Emerald & lavender foliage, Hidden Gems Galore
...those forest green doors though.
It has obviously been determined that this property is one for the books - I can now see why weddings are a popular event at this place, but a group of twenty-something surfers at a quaint vineyard is an experience within itself. Although the location was blatantly beautiful, it was certainly the people from Lapoint that made the experience so energetic and delightful.
Surfers at a vineyard, an oxymoron within itself?
Either way, this was the perfect afternoon trip away from the camp. I would highly suggest taking a surf break for this experience - it's a beautiful place with kind, beautiful people. Just another reason why Lapoint is so much more than you're average surf camp.
Cheers to living your life - after all, you've only got one of them.
P.S. Thanks for the experience, LAPOINT - check them out if you want to experience one of the best weeks of your life.