Admiring the terraces, experience a boat trip, listening to the river, and tasting the best products of the region are some of the things you can do when staying and visiting Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, in the beautiful Douro Valley.
In addition the Relais & Châteaux - the famous international chain, known around the world for celebrating the "art de Vivre" - has just announced that Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Winery House has joined the famous international chain, thus becoming the only property with the brand in the Douro.
The spirit of the estate perfectly reflects the Relais & Châteaux values - commitment, sharing, service, and local culture. Curious? Then read the following.
The Accommodation and Its Surroundings
The Quinta is composed of eleven rooms in the old manor house - three of which have access to a private terrace - you will look out over the waters of the Douro and the beauty of the vineyards, which seem to be drawn with a ruler and set square, with the grapes waiting for the right moment to be picked.
Despite all the comfort inside, with various rooms and a wine bar, it's outside that you want to be - whether it's taking a dip in the pool overlooking the vineyards, or visiting the many things to see on this estate, like the 1795 chapel with its doors always open.
The Wine Experiences
The 250-year-old estate, which has been owned by the Amorim family since 1999, was a pioneer in wine tourism in the region and has put the world's largest cork-producing company into tourism and the production of mostly still wines (only 10% are port).
When visiting the winery, one of the oldest in the Douro wine region (1764), you will pass through the Wine Studio, as they call it - where the grapes are transformed into nectars such as Pomares, Grainha, or Mirabilis.
After you can visit the Wine Museum which, since last year, has been showing the public a unique collection, assembled by Fernanda Ramos Amorim, telling in detail the history of port wine production since the 19th century.
You will also visit the historic room which houses the entire Quinta Nova wine portfolio, the Hungarian and French oak barrels and end your visit in the store.
With a superb view of the vineyards and the river waters flowing in the background, this is where the commented tastings take place.
Douro Gastronomy and a Wine Boat Trip
As you already learned the estate has a lot to offer inside the area while also enjoying a very relaxing accommodation. One of the top experiences that you should have time for is the wine boat trip. It is normally a two-hour trip in which is combined the river and wine.
Further enjoy at night the sound of the cicadas that can be heard around here while dining on the patio of the house, especially during the summer, where meals are served at the Conceitus wine restaurant.
Chef André Carvalho, born and raised in the Douro, offers incredible tasting menus that are prepared with produce from Quinta's vegetable garden.
If it is your wish you can pair your food with wines from the estate chosen by winemaker Jorge Alves. Enjoy and toast to the incredible Douro Valley!
In conclusion, the amazing Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo has it all, great accommodation - that was distinguished by the magazine Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best Wine Resorts of the World” -, outstanding wine experiences - in which we only mention some -, a renowned restaurant - that was mentioned in Financial Times as "The most impressive food in the Douro", and so much more. And with us you can enjoy this marvelous estate, we will arrange it all so you don't have to worry about anything, but just relax.
Why book now your 2021 tour? Because by booking all your tours with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus all the COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidlines. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your time in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.