Quinta do Vallado
This hotel overlooks the Corgo River from steep terraces, many of which were shaped by hand 300 years ago. João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro is a sixth-generation port- and winemaker; he has converted the ground floor of the family's 18th-century ocher manor into five plain but comfortable guest rooms, with rustic painted headboards, and shuttered doors opening onto a gravel path. In the adjacent farmhouse, staffer Dona Fernanda cooks soup for the vineyard crew in large pots over a charcoal fire; the same building also houses an informal drawing room and a new demonstration kitchen where Ribeiro pairs the estate's young wines with Portuguese dishes such as rojões (stewed pork with potatoes) for his guests.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.