Tour guides often recommend travelling to Portugal in spring for the beauty of blossoms brightening up the countryside. You’ll find a drive along Oliver’s Black Sage Road to visit the Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery presents a similar seasonal awakening. The wine shop, open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, awaits to showcase the new releases: Malbec (small lots only 120 cases), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rosé, and Sauvignon Blanc. On the licensed patio, you can purchase Quinta Ferreira wine by the glass to sip with your own packed picnic or with a selection of meats, cheeses, olives and crackers available to buy from its deli fridge. The Bifana’s, Wine and Live Music event returns Sunday, May 1st from 11 am to 3 pm. At it, treat yourself to a glass of wine, salad, and this traditional Portuguese sandwich, the Bifana (slowly, marinated pork in a bun), for $15, while they last.

(pictured: Chef Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro Restaurant creates the gorgeous Paella.)


Back by popular demand is live music on the patio every Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, July 3rd to September 4th. Returning July 17th is Paella and Wine, another Portuguese-style event. Buy tickets now for Quinta Ferreira’s always sold out Harvest Lamb Dinner, October 1st. For the aspiring or accomplished artist, spend an evening of painting and drinking wine with resident artist Carmen Tome. Be sure to follow Quinta Ferreira on Facebook and watch the website for dates and more details. Also offered is a helicopter landing pad – perfect for a private stop at the winery or helicopter wine tour. With flexible venue options for groups up to 200 people, Quinta Ferreira is a stunning choice for that special occasion.

~ Roslyne Buchanan