Inspired by the Spanish Tourist Office initiative developed with Monocle magazine in the last months and motivated by the lack of promotion of the best brands and places by the Portuguese Tourist Office, O Editorial will publish in the following weeks 50 of its favourite things in Portugal, from architecture and design to culture and urbanism. In the forth part of Best of Portugal series, the focus will be on some the best portuguese gourmet brands, that explore one of the main portuguese assets, food:
TGTL - Having the renowned chef Nuno Mendes, from Viajante restaurant in London, as main consultant, TGTL (Think Global Taste Local) is one of the most original gourmet brands in Portugal. Beside a wide selection of olive oils, from the north to the south of Portugal, TGTL offers wines and delicious honey candy from Alentejo.
Herdeiros Passanha - Producing since 1738 one of the best portuguese olive oils, the brand based in Quinta de São Vicente, in Alentejo, pairs in a perfect way a prized product with a bottle design signed by british Michael Young.
Arcádia - Founded in Porto in 1933, Arcádia is a reference in terms of tradiotional confectionery in Portugal. In their stores (the one in Campo de Ourique, Lisbon, is the most appealing) can be found bars, macarons or this box of chocolates, made with Cálem Port Wine 10 years.
Moura Alves - Having spent the last twenty years perfecting the way to transform wine into acetic acid (vinegar), enologist Rui Moura Alves created the best portuguese vinegar. Aromatic and very intense, the vinegar stage in oak casks during one decade, being the production limited to 1500 bottles a year.
Quinta Nova - With more than 250 years of history, this estate near Pinhão it's one of the most emblematic in Douro. In their renovated range of gourmet products it's possible to taste one of the most renowned portuguese grape caste, Touriga Nacional, in an original way, in a jam.