2016 Best Wine Experiences in Pictures

Posted by: Filipe Teixeira

Post Date 25-Nov-2016 21:00:00

We bring you a selection of the best wine experiences photos of 2016.


 We went through hundreds of wine experiences and thousands of photos to bring you our selection of the best ones. We hope it will inspire to travel, to explore, and arouse the curiosity to discover more about the fascinating world of wine. Don't forget to vote on your favorite picture on the pole right at the end of the article. Enjoy!

Quinta do Crasto Wine Experiences

This photo has become one of the most emblematic ones of wine tourism in the Douro Valley in Portugal. Quinta do Crasto offers guided wine tours to the winery and meals overlooking this stunning landscape. Even Harrison Ford didn't resist in visiting it this year. To be able to enjoy this Douro gem, you need to book your wine experience at Quinta do Crasto several months in advance!

Quinta do Gradil Harvest Experience

One of the wine experiences with the highest demand in 2016 was the grape harvest tour, such has this one captured in this photo taken during the harvest season at Quinta do Gradil, in the Lisbon region. A truly inspiring experience that allows you to participate in one of the most ancient wine traditions of our civilization.

Herdade dos Grous Lunch in the Vineyard

This wine experience was specially prepared for Nelson Carvalheiro, an award-winning travel blogger, during his Alentejo Wine Travel for Wine Tourism in Portugal. This picture shows Nelson tasting Alentejo's flavors in the middle of Herdade dos Grous's vineyards in the company of chef Rui Prado. Although very few wine estates offer this as a bookable experience, with a customized wine tour you just might get lucky and book this experience for yourself, just like Nelson did.

Quinta das Carvalhas Vintage Tour

This picture was taken during the vintage tour at Quinta das Carvalhas, considered by many "the best wine experience in the whole Douro Valley". In the picture, you can see Alvaro Martinho, the agricultural engineer that takes you through the vineyards while sharing his knowledge and passion for the earth, grapevines, and the Douro region. All this while contemplating breathtaking views over the valley.

Callem Port Wine Cellar Tour with Fado

We chose this picture simply because it gathers two great icons of the Portuguese culture, Port wine and Fado,  a Portuguese music tradition that was promoted to the category of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. A truly unique wine experience available at Cálem Port Wine Cellar.

Balloon Ride at Vila Gale Country Club Wine Estate

The Vila Gale Country Club, joins the comfort of a house of the Alentejo with the attraction of the wine tourism in this region, promising unique experiences. Besides wine experiences, they also provide other activities such as a Jeep Safari through the wine estate, horse riding, and, of course, hot balloon rides. Just imagine hovering over this stunning landscape with a nice glass of wine in your hand.

 Picnic in the Vineyards at Quinta do Pôpa

Quinta do Pôpa provides a picnic right in the middle of the vineyards! There, you'll be able to sit on vineyards sloping down to the river offering you an amazing view over the Douro Valley. You can walk around the vineyards or just lay on the blanket while you taste great wines and delicious regional.

Castas e Pratos Restaurant - Old Railway Station

How about having a meal in a restaurant with more than 700 different wines housed in an old converted railway station warehouse? This wine experience is only available at Castas e Pratos restaurant in Régua.  Have you ever had lunch in an old train wagon? Now you can!


You are probably wondering what Buddha has to do with wine experiences. This picture was taken in Bombarral at Quinta dos Loridos. This winery is the stage for the largest oriental garden in Europe, the impressive Buddha Eden, a true place of worship where you can find all the calm and serenity while you taste the famous wines of this estate. 

Pipadouro Sunset Wine Cruise

This sunset Douro wine cruise aboard a wooden 1950s vintage intimate boat, Pipadouro, is one of the most pleasant wine experiences you can enjoy in the Douro Valley.

I hope you enjoyed travelling with me through these pictures and most of all, I hope it will inspire you on your next travel adventures. 


Topics:   Wine Tours Wine Experiences Wine Tourism

Filipe Teixeira

Written by: Filipe Teixeira

Filipe is a marketeer, with multiple business industries experience, a traveller, a photography lover and creative thinker. When he is not writing or creating a new campaign, you can find him looking for a new destination. His true passion is defined by Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. He might not be able to visit all the world has to offer, but he tries to!

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