An insider's guide to the top wine hotels in the Douro Valley

Posted by: Sofia Amorim

Post Date 05-Oct-2018 12:17:00

Why just visit wine country when you can spend the night? We picked six wine hotels for a top-notch getaway in Douro region. 

Quinta de La Rosa  Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery Douro; Wine Tasting

Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House

Billed as the first wine hotel in Portugal, Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House offers great views of the river and the estate's vineyards. Born from the rehabilitation of a 19th century-old manor, visitors can take part in a number of wine-themed activities, which combined have earned it the Luxury Hotel & Winery of the Year Award for 2018 by the English-born Luxury Travel Guide.

Their guided tours include a visit to the 1764 winery, vineyard, and underground cellar where the best lots selected by the family age. The visit ends at a panoramic room where tasting sessions take place. There are different visits available, varying in the number and type of wines offered. The estate offers some other unusual experiences, such as the winemaker for a day program, fire bottle opening, as well as 8 kilometers (6 miles) of hiking and biking trails which you can enjoy free of charge.

At the in-house restaurant - Conceitus Winery Restaurant – there's no menu and you will get served whatever the kitchen has cooked, in perfect tune with the property's wines. It serves excellent food in a stunning outdoor setting and we would definitely recommend doing the wine pairing, so that you can try their various wines.

Quinta Nova;  Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery Douro; Wine Tasting

Quinta da Pacheca

Located near Port wine town and cruise centre of Peso da Régua, Quinta da Pacheca is a relaxing and intimate lodging nestled in the vineyards. Its main building is a typical 18th century manor house completely renovated with the most comfort and elegance. More recently, they have launched a new accommodation option now offering the opportunity to spend the night in a giant wine barrel, which includes all the comforts granted by modern-day standards.

You can take a winery tour here, enjoy a wine tasting session paired with cheese and jam, or even a picnic in the vineyards. For a particularly unique experience, choose a wine course or a cooking class where you'll learn traditional techniques while preparing your very own meal. Pacheca is one of the few wineries in the region to offer these kind of hands-on experiences, so make sure to book early in advance.

The restaurant is spacious and elegant, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views onto the Douro River and the surrounding vineyards. Chef Carlos Pires serves regional cuisine with dishes such as Alheira Sausage and Asparagus Puffs and Sauteed Mushrooms or Cornbread Crusted Cod, all paired with Quinta da Pacheca wines. 

Wine Barrels Quinta da Pacheca; Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery Douro; Wine Tasting

Quinta do Vallado

Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel is located on the banks of the River Corgo, a tributary of the Douro River. Guests can choose between staying at the historic manor house, built in 1733 and recently refurbished, or at the newly added slate-tiled new wing. All rooms are equipped with A/C, TV, and Wi-Fi access, and the hotel further provides an array of leisure facilities including a swimming pool and wine tasting sessions.

Established in the 18th century, Quinta do Vallado is one of the oldest wine producing estates in the region and encompasses 158 acres, some with vines more than 70 years old. They offer tours of the property's ultramodern winery and cellar, followed by a wine tasting of your choice. Most include 5 wines or more which allows you to try a comprehensive portfolio of wines, from tawnies to reserve, as well as vintage Ports. Tours run twice a day – morning and afternoon - in both Portuguese and English.

Quinta do Vallado; Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery Douro; Wine Tasting

Six Senses Douro Valley

Perched on a mountain among the surrounding vines, Six Senses Douro Valley is the first European property of the Six Senses Group and combines elegance with the region's traditional heritage. This beautifully restored 19th-century manor house offers a selection of rooms, suites and villas, an excellent spa, several dining options, as well as a wine library and beautiful outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel’s Vale Abraão Restaurant offers a range of dining options, including a chef’s table where you can enjoy an impressive ten-course meal - generously portioned and beautifully plated - as well as wine pairings. Nicely installed in the chef’s table, you will be able to accompany the entire cooking process under the attentive guidance of the restaurant staff. Everything is presented beautifully and a lot of the products come directly from their organic garden. 

Six Senses Douro Valley; Wine Hotel in Douro

Quinta de La Rosa

Located in the picturesque town of Pinhão, Quinta de La Rosa sits right by the river. Surrounded by their own vineyard, La Rosa’s rooms offer river views and each is beautifully designed with contemporary bathrooms and country-feel furnishings. Guests have access to an outdoor pool and beautiful shaded terrace overlooking the river and vineyards.

Back in the beginning of the 19th century, the owner family was one of the first to realize that quality table wines were possible in a time when the region was solely known for its fortified wines. Unlike most port houses – which make their port in the Douro but store and bottle it in Porto - La Rosa does everything in Douro and they’re able to show both wine and port making processes side by side. The visitor is given the opportunity to choose from a range of port tastings, as well as a tour of the vineyards or even a private visit with the estate’s owner.

Their newly-opened restaurant A Cozinha da Clara - Claire's Kitchen - stands as a tribute to the owner's grandmother. Claire's love of food and hospitality it's everywhere in the restaurant, which creatively reinterprets traditional Portuguese cooking.

Quinta de La Rosa; Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery

Quinta do Portal

A short 20-minute drive from Pinhão, Quinta do Portal stands beautifully isolated in the middle of their own vineyards. It belongs to a century-old winemaking family, who has been in the Douro Valley for hundreds of years. It features an outdoor swimming pool, wine library, outdoor terrace, and an indoor gym, as well as a panoramic living room with an incredible view of the vineyards stretching far out of sight. It is a quiet and peaceful setting perfectly in line with the bucolic and romantic atmosphere of the Douro Valley.

The modern-looking wine cellar was designed by Pritzker-awarded architect Siza Vieira and it blends beautifully into the surrounding landscape with its cork and slate façade. The tours offer a commented visit of the cellars and wine tasting which includes a combination of Muscat, table and Port wines.

In addition to accommodation and leisure options, Quinta do Portal houses an excellent restaurant, led by young and talented Chef Milton Ferreira, who uses locally-grown ingredients splendidly paired with in-house wines in a creative way. With an inventive twist on traditional Portuguese staples, the restaurant offers several menu options for group parties. This restaurant serves a fixed-menu 4-course lunch, with perfectly paired wines.

Quinta do Portal; Wine Hotel in Douro; Winery Douro; Wine Tasting

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, our 3-day tour in Douro makes the most of a short trip. Starting with a pick-up in Porto, we'll take you inland to the Douro Valley where you'll have the chance to stay at a local winery, visit some others, and try some of the best wines produced in the region.

If you'd like to extend your stay in the region, take a look at our 5-day tour in Douro or even our 7-day option, which combines visits to both Porto and Douro. You'll have the opportunity to stay at the best hotels, visit the most emblematic wineries and restaurants in the area, while crossing some things off your bucket list on the way.

For all the cruise lovers out there, our 7-day private yacht cruise along the Douro River tackles all the region's highlights, stopping along the way for visits at riverside wineries and restaurants.

As usual, any of these options can be customized to your taste and needs - from duration to the hotels, restaurants and wineries included in the tour - which can be altered to fit your expectations.

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All of the above are entirely customizable and can be trimmed to your taste when booking with us. You'll work with one dedicated consultant, who will not only take the time to listen to your requests, but also discuss different options with you.

Topics:   Wine Tours Douro

Sofia Amorim

Written by: Sofia Amorim

Sofia has a Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Master in History and Heritage and a true passion for the tourism industry and travel planning. She has lived in Italy and in the UK and is now back in her home country, which she knows from end to end. At Wine Tourism in Portugal she puts her knowledge of Portuguese heritage and culture, as well as gastronomy and Wine, to good use every day by helping clients get the best tours and experiences.

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