6 vineyards in the Douro Valley you can't miss

Some of the best vineyards to visit in Douro Valley Portugal.

Vineyards in the Douro
Vineyards in the Douro
18 February 2021, Marilia Poiares

The Douro region in Portugal, or the “Enchanted Valley” as it is known, has incredible sights, amazing vineyards and wonderful “quintas” where you can relax, taste some delicious wine and food, and learn more about the area. If you want to learn more about the best farms and wine makers in Portugal's Douro wine region, stick around.

Take note that the majority of  Portugal's wineries and vineyards are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 health and safety measures in place in the country. However, you can enjoy our tour of some of Portugal's best vineyards from the comfort of your own home, and inspire your next trip for when the heath situation allows it. We promise you an unforgettable experience with the best this region has to offer, so without further ado, let's begin our tour of 6 vineyards in the Douro Valley you can't miss

Quinta da Gricha - Vineyard Residence

Quinta da Gricha
Quinta da Gricha

Surrounded by wineries that produce Douro wine and Churchill’s Port, this stunning place reflects all the beauty of the valley. It is inspired by the slow motion of the river, so expect to spend a lot of time relaxing on the terrace or by the pool, glass in hand of course.

You can either choose to stay in the traditionally decorated lodges for the full experience, or simply schedule a visit as part of a daytrip where you'll be able to visit the vineyards, the cellar, and 18th century “lagares” where they produce Churchill’s Port wine. Make sure to also try the amazing restaurant for lunch or dinner, all made with local produce and ready to be washed down with your beverage of choice.

Quinta de la Rosa

Scattered around almost 1400 acres, facing the Douro river, Quinta de la Rosa was revamped in 2017 and is now one of Douro’s most famous tourist stops. Highly recommend by tourist and wine experts, it has 12 rooms, 4 suites, a pool and some of the most amazing views, not only in the valley, but in Portugal. Also available for guests are two independent houses with private pools, perfect for those who can afford to pay for a little bit more privacy.

In 2017, the “Quinta” opened its restaurant “Cozinha de Clara” (Clara’s Kitchen), an homage to the owner’s grandmother and the perfect place to taste the best of the wonderful food of this region.

Make sure to visit one of the most iconic vineyards in the area, called “Vale do Inferno”, which was planted after World War I. You can also take advantage of organised visits to the other vineyards, do a wine tasting, enjoy dinner in the cellar, have a swim in the river and, if you visit during the harvest season you can even stomp the grapes, an incredible experience that mimics how wine was made in the past.

Make wine the traditional way by stepping on the grapes
Make wine the traditional way by stepping on the grapes

Quinta do Crasto

On the right side of the river, this quinta offers panoramic views of the Douro and all its scenery. Here, you will certainly find a place to relax and forget about everything while you visit cellars, oil mills and lie by the infinity pool, designed by the famous arquitect Eduardo Souto de Moura. To finish off, make sure to book a table for lunch or dinner in the dining room or on the patio for the full experience.

Quinta do Crasto offers a lot of different options and experiences to visitors which are designed to meet the needs of all their guests: boat rides and visits to the vineyards, as well as wine tastings, with or without lunch.

Fun fact: this romantic location is so beautiful that it has been the backdrop for television shows, interviews and soap operas!

Quinta da Pacheca – The Wine House Hotel da Quinta da Pacheca

Port wine
Port wine

After being taken over by new owners, this century-old farm was brought back to life, and wine tourism is now the focus of Quinta da Pacheca, which also has a luxury hotel. The Wine House Hotel da Quinta da Pacheca has 15 bedrooms, as well as a wine bar and shop that caters to guests.

Here, you can take walks through the vineyards, learn more about the local wine production and enjoy wonderfully unique culinary experiences that pair up the most delicious dishes with Pacheca’s wine. A visit with wine tasting is very affordable and, if you want something a bit more fancy, you can ask for a picnic to be prepared so you can eat, while enjoying the views.

Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo

The next stop on our tour is particularly special, as it was Portugal’s first wine hotel. Luísa Amorim was responsible for fixing up an old mansion that today offers guest 11 bedrooms, a wine bar, a wine shop and a restaurant that serves the most delicious food and wine pairings called Conceitus Winery. It also includes a cellar, a panoramic pool with views of the Douro Valley and even a chapel.

You can get to the this unique quinta by boat, car or train and, when you get there, you'll find a lot of different activities to keep you busy, all of which revolve around wine. Take a tour of the cellar built in 1764, the “Atelier do Vinho”, the barrel room and the underground cellar, and taste their fantastic wine in a panoramic room along with some of the most delicious local bites.

Another great option is to do some wine tasting and have lunch on the property, or even book the “Winemaker for a day” experience that includes a wine class and a helicopter or boat ride for 85 euros per person, so you can enjoy the best views of the Douro valley and its vineyards.

Wine cellars full of port
Wine cellars full of port

Quinta do Vallado

The last stop on our tour is 2 miles away from Régua, and here you will find Quinta do Vallado. This farm was built in 1716 and owned by the legendary Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. Today, it is home to one of the most famous brands of Oporto wine, as well as also producing red wine.

For the last few years, the company behind it has started to invest in wine tourism and now offers 8 bedrooms, in a new accommodation wing. The main house has an additional 5 bedrooms, with prices start at 150 euros a night.

In this beautiful area you can enjoy many activities centred around wine and wine production. These include classes, workshops, picnics in the vineyards with regional products, and boat rides on the Douro river.

Also, during the harvest season you can participate in the “vindimas”, grape-stomping to help produce the wine and finish your day dining in a cellar room, surrounded by barrels. A visit to the cellar, vineyards and wine tasting is highly rated and available in English and Portuguese.

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