Exclusive Wine Experiences in Douro Valley for the Travel Elite

Posted by: Soraia Costa

Post Date 03-Jul-2020 16:00:05

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The most renowned wineries and estates existent in the beautiful Douro Valley offer to the wine-lovers a range of immersive VIP weekend getaway that includes private wine tastings, fine dining, and a walking tour to the picturesque and dazzling vineyards. 

The “Enchanted Valley” as it is known, has incredible sights, amazing vineyards and some of the best estates of Portugal where you can relax, taste some delicious wine and food, and learn more about this stunning region.

Explore all the unforgettable and luxurious wine experiences that this region has to offer.

 

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Six Senses Douro Valley

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Back in the day, the famed  Six Senses Douro Valley was a 19th-century house that has been transformed into this fantastic resort with 60 rooms, suites, and villas. The remodeling features a contemporary interior design where elements of traditional Portuguese architecture and the inimitable Six Senses style are combined. Besides this, there is also a wine library, located in the center of the resort, with a wine list, where the Douro and Portuguese wines play the main role. At the wine library, at any time of the day or night, guests can taste wines by the glass available in the wine dispenser in order to harmonize famous wines from the region with local delicacies. There is also every day a wine tasting where you can taste the wines produced in the 350 or so Quintas of the region. In this space, there are touch screens connected to the Douro Museum and vast information about the estates and their grape varieties, plus you will have a large and unique collection of books about the Douro and wine themes. Additionally to this space, guests can talk with the winemakers and wine experts where they will share their knowledge and details on the fascinating art of making and tasting wines. Moreover, you have other wine experiences like wine dinners, a sommelier wine tour, and a wine cruise in the Douro river.

 

Quinta do Vallado

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Quinta do Vallado was built in 1716 and is one of the oldest and most notorious vineyards in the Douro Valley. It belonged to Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and remains in the possession of her descendants until nowadays. With more than seventy hectares of vineyards, about one third are old vines over one hundred years old. This estate has a building dated from the 18th century and a design building, where you can stay in both. In Vallado you have a fantastic restaurant, their stunning garden with a fantastic terrace and an outdoor pool, a spa, the winery, and the library. With a range of fantastic activities, the wine experiences are a must, since private tours, wine tastes, wine workshops, where you can learn about the winemaking process, the blending, among others and wine lunch and dinners, where you will enjoy a range of delicious wines and vintage ports all paired with regional delicacies.

 

Quinta Nova

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Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of incredible beauty and is owned by the Amorim family since 1999. With a history of more than 250 years, this estate exhibits a preserved eighteenth-century manor house with the chapel, dated 1765, and the original 1764 winery building, which had interventions by the architect Arnaldo Barbosa. In the past, it has been owned by the Portuguese Royal House until 1725. Besides, during the 18th and 19th centuries, several Portuguese families lived there and gave life to the vineyards, to the fruit orchards and to the watermill next to the old olive grove. With a unique setting facing the Douro River, the eleven rooms of the estate offer views over the century-old vineyard terraces, a literally breathtaking landscape setting. The wine experiences of this Quinta are incredible, in which one of them consists of exclusive tours where you will visit the winery and the wine museum finishing with a wine tasting. You also have the wine boat tour, regional product tastings paired with the incredible wines of Quinta Nova, a wine lunch or dinner, walking in the middle of the vineyards, the premium experience of being an enologist for a day, and so much more.

 

Quinta das Carvalhas

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Quinta das Carvalhas is a 600-hectare property and is considered the crown jewel of the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal - Real Companhia Velha. Dating back to 1759, a large part of its vineyards has a respectable age of hundred years, representing one of the richest and most varied collections of ancient Douro grape varieties. The property since the '80s has been reconverting its vineyards, respecting the particularities of mountain viticulture, following the trends and technological evolution in modern viticulture, all of these processes convert into the fantastic and delicious wines. At Quinta das Carvalhas, in their wine experiences, is possible to take guided tours, wine tasting, and harmonization and even participate in the grape picking. It is possible to choose a fantastic vintage experience that it is exclusive and accompanied by the agronomist engineer of the Quinta. The estate has wine tasting rooms, including outdoor and also a wine shop. During the walks, at 550 meters of altitude, you will come across the famous Casa Redonda, and enjoy a spectacular 360º panoramic view of the region. It is an unforgettable experience.

 

Quinta do Crasto

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The first known records of Quinta do Crasto and its wine production date back to 1615 and this was subsequently included in the first Feitoria, together with the most important Quintas in the Douro. Between 1758 and 1761, Marquês de Pombal had 335 landmarks installed in the Douro - granite stones two meters high, 30 centimeters wide, and 20 centimeters thick - to delimit what would be the first demarcated wine region in the world. A Pombaline landmark, dated 1758, can be seen at Quinta do Crasto next to the centenary house. In the 135 hectare property, 74 of which are occupied by vineyards. With a unique situation, right on top of the Douro River, is located the famous swimming pool designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, which has been the subject of many visits and reports in national and international media over the last years. The wine experience consists of a guided tour through the property, the winery, the vineyards, the press, and the barrel cellar. After this end the day with a wine tasting and a swim in their acclaimed pool.

 

Quinta do Ventozelo

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Quinta de Ventozelo is one of the largest and most ancient properties of the Douro region, in which its origins go back to the early XIX century. The emblematic state opens its doors to wine tourism with an Interpretation Centre, tastings and visits to the vineyard, a shop, a grocery store, a restaurant, and 29 elegant rooms, filled with simplicity. Besides the original Balloons (there are two), which was once used for wine storage, there is also Casa do Feitor, Casa do Laranjal, Casa Romântica, Cardanhos, Casa Grande and Casa do Rio, all very distinct and with different services but all stunning and beautiful. Also, the property has 400 hectares, in which part are 200 of vineyards, 150 of protected Mediterranean forest - where wildlife lives, 20 of olive trees. The wine experiences of this estate consist of wine tastings, wine lunch or dinner and so much more.

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Soraia Costa

Written by: Soraia Costa

Soraia has a Bachelor Degree in Communication and she is natural from Azores (the Portuguese islands) which she knows from end to end, as well, as mainland Portugal. She loves to travel and know all about the culture and food of each country. She also loves to cook new recipes, some of the most renowned chefs in the world. In her articles, she shares the knowledge of her travels about heritage, culture, wine, gastronomy, and must-see places.

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