6 vineyards in the Douro Valley you can't miss

Vineyards in the Douro
Vineyards in the Douro
29 October 2018, Marilia Poiares

The Douro region, or the “Enchanted Valley” as it is known, has incredible sights, amazing vineyards and great “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, stick around. We promise you an unforgettable experience with the best this region has to offer.

Quinta da Gricha - Vineyard Residence

Quinta da Gricha
Quinta da Gricha

Surrounded by wineries that produce Douro wine and Churchill’s Port, this 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.

If you want to stay here, there are 4 suites decorated in a way that combines tradition with comfort. For a minimum of 2 nights you can sleep and taste great local wines and amazing food, prepared to order by the owner, all this in a unique environment.

If you don’t want to spend the night, you can schedule a visit (starting at 15 euro), that allows you 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.

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 touristic stops. It has 12 rooms, 4 suites, a pool and amazing views. 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.

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

After a short walk you can visit one of the most iconic vineyards, called “Vale do Inferno”, planted after World War I, and then visit the place where Douro and Porto wine is produced to learn all about it.

There are organised visits to the other vineyards, wine tasting, dinners in the cellar, the possibility to 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, way back when.

Quinta de la Rosa is highly recommend by tourist and wine experts, so you have to visit it!

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 can find a place to relax and forget about everything while you visit cellars, oil mills and lay by the infinity pool, designed by the famous arquitect Eduardo Souto de Moura. To finish off, book a table for lunch or dinner in the dining room or on the patio.

Quinta do Crasto offers a lot of experiences, designed to meet the needs of all their guests: boat rides and visits to the vineyards with wine tastings (18.45 euro) or with lunch (61.50 euro).

Fun fact: this romantic location has been the backdrop for television shows, interviews and even soap operas!

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

Port wine
Port wine

After finding a new owner, this century-old farm was brought back to life. 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, with prices starting at 120 euro a night, with 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 only costs 9 euro 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 (32 euro).

Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo

This was Portugal’s first wine hotel. Luísa Amorim was responsible for fixing up an old mansion that today offers guests 11 bedrooms (starting at a price of 105 euro a night), 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 farm/hotel by boat, car or train and, when you get there, you'll find a lot of different activities, all of which revolve around wine. Take a tour of the cellar built in 1764, of the “Atelier do Vinho”, of the barrel room, the underground cellar or taste their fantastic wine in a panoramic room along with some of the most delicious local bites.

If you want to visit, do some wine tasting and have lunch on the property, you can do so for about 70 euro, or you could book the “Winemaker for a day” experience that includes a wine class and a helicopter or boat ride, 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

2 miles away from Régua, you can find Quinta do Vallado, a very special place. This farm was built on 1716 and owned by the legendary Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. Today, it is home to one of the most famous brands of Oporto wine, that also produces 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 built from shale. The main house has an additional 5 bedrooms and prices start at 120 euro a night.

Here you can enjoy many activities centred around wine and wine production. Classes, workshops (35-50 euro), picnics in the vineyards with regional products, and boat ride 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. You will never forget it!

A visit to the cellar, vineyards and wine tasting will cost you 25 euro, but if you want a more upscaled experience, you can have a complete tasting of port, paired with chocolate, for 150 euro.

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