Harvesting for a Day in Douro and Lisbon

Posted by: Sofia Amorim

Post Date 31-Aug-2018 12:17:00

The harvest is one of the most awaited moments in Portugal's wine-growing regions, for farmers and visitors alike. Take a look at our programs below and enjoy a day harvesting grapes in our vineyards in Douro or Lisbon.

Quinta da Pacheca; Harvest in Douro;

September and October are the months for the vindima, the Portuguese word for the grape harvest. The exact date of the grape harvest though is decided year by year, depending on the weather and changes drastically from one vineyard to another. In both the Douro Valley and Lisbon Wine Region it's set to start next week and the country’s winemakers are delighted.

But it isn't just for local farmers. It is one of the most popular experiences among visitors as well, who long to take part on this traditional event. Wineries throughout the country open their doors and welcome an enthusiastic workforce of wine lovers and enthusiasts. Here's our programs for Harvest 2018, along with some tour suggestions that pair well with the season.

Grape Stomping at Quinta da Pacheca - from €30 per person 

Located near Port wine town and cruise centre of Peso da Régua, Quinta da Pacheca is one of the oldest and most traditional estates in the Douro Valley, dubbed as one of the first properties to bottle wine under its own label.

Their harvest program is well-known among wine enthusiasts and offers 2 different options. One is a shorter duration program, which includes a visit to the estate - available in Portuguese, English, French, and German -, followed by a wine tasting and fun stomping session. There's also the possibility of extending the program and have dinner at the property at the end of the day. The dinner buffet includes some well-known Portuguese staples such as the much appreciated Cod Fritters, Regional Charcuterie and Cheeses, and different cuts of meat.

They also offer a full-day experience complete with grape picking, traditional harvest lunch and grape stomping. Available from mid-September until the end of the month it will book fast.

 Hot tip

Many of those who visit the valley, pair it with a city break in Porto, the nearest big city. Our three-day tour in the Douro Valley - starting at €325 per person - would be a great compliment to your travel plans, allowing you to explore an entirely different region in a short period of time.

If you're looking for a longer duration tour that combines both locations, our 7-day tour in Douro and Porto will give you the opportunity to explore both places in one sitting. The journey upriver is absolutely jaw dropping and it only gets better as you head further into the countryside. While there, you'll have the opportunity to visit many of the region's famous wine producing estates, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and spend the night at the best of the best.

Quinta da Pacheca; Harvst Experience; Douro Harvest

Day in the Vineyards at Quinta do Vallado  - from €75 per person 

Established in 1716, 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. Their regular tours run twice a day – morning and afternoon - in both Portuguese and English and include 5 wines or more, which allows you to try a comprehensive portfolio of wines, from tawnies to reserve and vintage Ports as well. .

Starting in early September, their harvest program is available both in the morning and early afternoon. The first option starts right at 10:30 AM with a light breakfast and short briefing on the day ahead. You'll then be handed your "harvest kit" - which includes scissors, a bucket, a hat and t-shirt - and head out to the vineyards. For one hour you'll be out in the vineyards enjoying the fresh air and working along the others. The good news are you could hardly wish for a better view!

After that, you'll take a tour of the property's ultramodern winery and cellar, followed by a wine tasting session and grape stomping experience. At last, you'll enjoy a traditional harvest lunch.

The second option starts at 12:00 PM with a tour of the winery, followed by a wine tasting, grape stomping session, lunch, grape picking and finally a nice regional snack at around 05:00 PM.

 Hot tip

If you'd like to extend your stay in the region, take a look at our 3-day tour with a river cruise or even our 5-day tour which won't leave any stone unturned. 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.

Quinta do Vallado; Harvest in Douro

Traditional Harvest Day at Quinta das Carvalhas  - from €85 per person

Located in the picturesque town of Pinhão, Quinta das Carvalhas is the biggest vineyard in the Douro Region, situated on a privileged position overlooking the river. The town is one of the most-visited in the region and makes a fine base for exploring the many surrounding vineyards.

Their one-day harvest experience is available on Saturdays only - from late September to mid-October - and is one of the most exciting and unforgettable experiences in the valley. It includes a visit to the beautiful Quinta das Carvalhas, along with the traditional grape picking and stomping that make the harvest such a fun experience for visitors. Lunch is also included - paired with in-house wines, of course - as well a visit to nearby Quinta do Casal da Granja, where you'll stop by at the amazing winery and sorting table for a unique experience.

 Hot tip

With our 2-day getaway in the Douro Valley we can help you plan the perfect weekend in the region and make the most out of a short break there. Two days in Douro can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, but there's still plenty you can do. 

If you're looking for something different, we’d be happy to tailor-make you a trip from scratch. Tell us your plan and we'll do the rest!

Quinta das Carvalhas; Harvest in Douro

Lunch with a View at Quinta do Gradil - from €60 per person 

The Portuguese capital has become unexpectedly fashionable as travelers from all around the world set foot upon this historical yet cosmopolitan city. However, there's also a lot to explore beyond the city limits, often just a short drive away. 

About 1 hour north of Lisbon, Quinta do Gradil is one of the oldest wineries in the area. It once belonged to the family of Marquis of Pombal, the man responsible for rebuilding Lisbon after the devastating 18th-century earthquake. 

The setting is absolutely fabulous, with amazing views of the palace and chapel, with the sprawling vineyards in the backdrop. On their full-day harvest program, you'll be handed your own scissors and basket and will spend some time outside, actually picking the grapes. At the end, you'll get to enjoy a great harvest lunch at the winery's restaurant. The program will run during the month of September and is available for reservation right now.

 Hot tip

If you're looking to visit other places, our full-day tour through Lisbon's wine producing estates is just right for you. We will take you through a number of wineries, offering you the chance to sample some of the best wines produced in the region, paired with locally-grown traditional products. You will also have the opportunity to visit Quinta do Gradil - where you'll enjoy lunch with a breath-taking view over the vineyards - as well as visit the picturesque village of Óbidos.

Although you can reach some of these places by public transport, for the most part, you’ll need a car. For that reason, a guided tour is the best practical option when visiting these wineries. A private driver will leave you free to fully appreciate the wines and views, while helping you get more out of this experience.

The tour is entirely customizable and can be trimmed to your needs and likes. All you have to do is either shot us an email or submit the details directly on our website and we'll get back to you in no time.

Quinta do Gradil; Tour in Lisbon; Harvest in Lisbon

Custom trips, as opposed to off-the-shelf programs, are only limited by your imagination. No one better than you knows what you want, but our staff has the experience and knowledge to show what is available and what is possible.

You can tick off your must-do experiences in the space of one trip by 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.

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Topics:   Wine Tours Douro Valley Lisbon

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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