Hello Hounds -- we're planning a trip to the Ribeira Sacra and Douro regions. We'll only have 8 days (I know, I know!), and are trying to balance not trying to do too much on the one hand -- and getting a chance to at least get a brief impression of two of our favorite wine regions on the other.
Our tentative plan is to spend the first two days and one night in Porto; then head to the Ribeira Sacra region for three days; then head south into the Douro, eventually wending our way back to Porto.
Foz Velha is on our list, as our both of Rui Paula's restaurants (DOP and DOC; both? One?). What are other restaurants we need to know about -- low-end, high-end, and/or (well, actually especially) rural finds? Where to eat in the Ribeira Sacra region?
Any great small inns to know about?
Lastly, we have our favorite wineries from both regions, but have no idea which ones make for great visits. And if there are smaller producers that are faves for any hounds, I'd love to know about them -- I of course only know producers big enough/lucky enough to have found their way to California.
Any and all thoughts/advice is massively appreciated!