Mesão Frio

Protected by the Atlantic breezes of Serra do Marão, looking at Serra de Montemuro and with the Douro river at its feet, the municipality of Mesão Frio has the perfect conditions for its many Douro wine producing farms and vineyards. Situated in the limit of this demarcated region, it has been, over the centuries, a place of passage and establishment of vacancies of primitive peoples, like it is documented in the Arcas Tumulares Românicas next to the Igreja Matriz (mother church), as well as of monks and nobles who left their names marked in the pages of Port wine's history and an architectural heritage worthy of reference. Many are the 18th century solars and blazoned houses scattered around the hillsides, built in the prosperous years of Douro's precious nectar production and trade. Check the Solar da Rede, the Casa das Torres de Oliveira, which today are hotel units, or Quinta do Côtto, an elegant building of the 15th to 16th centuries, where even today wines as Vintage Port are produced. It is not surprising, therefore, that it was granted, thanks to its military and commercial importance, fruit of the strategic geographic position that the municipality occupies, with the privilege of a free ferry for the river crossing for many years, a gift of several Portuguese kings. The story of Mesão Frio is also written in the streets and corners untouched by the passage of time, as the Barqueiros or Vila Marim, where the traditions and culture of the people remain alive as formerly. Here, and as in most villages of the municipality, the good food and the best wine are in first place at the table. Especially the traditional recipes of shad, lamprey, trout, cabrito assado (roast kid), marrã (pork meat cooked with red wine), carne em vinha-d’alhos (meat with a special garlic and vinegar sauce), tripas (tripe), rojões (snack of pork meat) and the famous cozido à transmontana (kind of stew made with different types of meats and sausages, potatoes, vegetables) belong to the main courses. The desserts are composed of the "falachas" (chestnut cookies) and Donsumil sweets and candies, which are perfect to be accompanied by one of the excellent wines produced in Mesão Frio: white and red wines, Douro DOC, table wines, Douro's regional wines and Port wines. Basketry, cooperage, tinsmith, embroidery and Barqueiros lace, wood miniatures of the "rebelo" boats and the famous Vila Marim biscuits are other expressions of the popular skills turned into art, that even today you can enjoy in a visit to this council.

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