The best Douro Valley tours and wine tastings at emblematic wineries

Posted by: Marisa Leitão

Post Date 03-Jan-2020 13:45:00

Douro Valley is Portugal's most famous wine region and one of the oldest wine region in the world. It does not need much of an introduction, and the The Wine Show will be featuring Douro Valley in this new season. Read more and discover the best Douro Valley tours and wine tastings at emblematic wineries. 

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When to visit Douro Valley?

Summer is usually better for long stays and autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for a relaxing short break. During September and October, you have a bonus when visiting Douro as you will be invited to join the harvesting of the grapes. A local’s tip, to join book it several months in advance to guarantee your visit to the best Douro Valley tours and wine tastings in emblematic wineries in 2020.

Wine Tourism in Portugal knows that travelling is one of the best things in life but sometimes planning a trip can get tiresome for you. Call us today if you don't want to spend hours, or even days, in front of the computer searching for the perfect tour, grab a glass of wine and sit back while we design a memorable tour for you including all the the best Douro Valley tours and wine tastings at emblematic wineries. 

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1-Day Short Break in Douro

This suggestion is perfect to combine with a visit to the best European destination 2019, the city of Porto. On this 1-day trip, you get a glimpse of what makes the Douro wine region one of the most emblematic in the world.  On this tour, you might get a Private Driver to pick you up in a deluxe vehicle Mercedes at the lobby of your hotel in Porto to take you to the Douro Valley. It also includes a visit to one of the oldest wine estates in Douro, the Quinta da Pacheca. After the wine experience you will enjoy lunch at the The Wine House Hotel, with a little touch of luxury This is a warm and relaxing place with a view over the Douro and the vine terraces, completed by the comfort of typical fireplace. Sounds good, doesn't it? 

Right after lunch, you will be visiting Quinta do Seixo, which is located in Cima-Corgo in the heart of the Douro Region, a UNESCO protected site. The vineyard, with over 100 years, is a true heritage of many traditional Douro grape varieties that still resist to the most harsh conditions and temperatures, producing unique and top quality wines. Guided visit to the winery, Wine Cellar and Robotic Lagares. Wine Tasting of two Port Wines in a contemporary room and a magnificent terrace with one of the best views over the Douro River and the landscape.

To complete this amazing day, you will be taken to enjoy a relaxing moment with a sailing cruise in the Douro River, while you taste Porto wine. Do you need any more convincing? You can know more and book this short break in the Douro region by clicking this link.

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2-Day Short Break in Douro

On this two day getaway suggestion, you'll be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world.

This tour starts in the afternoon at the famous wine estate, Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo, one of the oldest wineries in the Douro region, producing Port wine for the estate and for many other plots of farmers and neighboring estates, given its large size, where you will be taken on a wine tour through the property.  After a pedestrian circuit with 3 different routes through the wine estate, you will enjoy dinner at Conceitus restaurant, where the menu appeals to the senses and emotions, in a relaxed and curious way. 

 You'll be staying at Delfim Douro Hotel, one of the best located hotels, on top of a mountain with panoramic views, for those who want to discover the Douro region.

 On the second day, right after breakfast, you'll discover the emblematic Douro winery of Quinta do Vallado, on the other side of the river. For nearly 200 years the Quinta do Vallado was primarily engaged in the production of Port wine, subsequently marketed by Casas Ferreira. Here, a wine tour will take you through the winery and wine cellar and conclude with the wine tasting. You can know more and book this two-day short break in the Douro region by clicking this link.

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3-Day Short Break in Douro

If you wish to enjoy a little bit more of what the Douro region has to offer, then this three-day short break is for you.

It starts with your pick up at your hotel or Porto airport that takes you directly across the stunning Douro Valley to Quinta da Pacheca. During the afternoon, you will be guided through the Quinta da Pacheca, while you learn about its history, the vinification processes, the vines, the old winery and the wine cellar, ending with a wine tasting. 

On the second day, you will wake up to the beautiful landscape of the Douro Valley and recharge your batteries with a fantastic breakfast in the Hotel. Your private driver/guide will take you to two of the most important Quintas in the Douro Valley, Quinta do Crasto and Quinta Nova. At the first winery you will enjoy a wine tour through the estate, concluded with lunch at Conceitus Restaurant, which presents you with a great view over the valley. 

In the afternoon, you will discover the second winery, Quinta Nova, "one of the 9 must-see wineries in the world", according to American Airlines. Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of the Douro. Here, you will also enjoy a guided wine tour through this emblematic Douro Valley vineyards, winery dated from 1764 and the underground cellar. The visit ends with a wine tasting of 3 wines at the wine Shop.

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To conclude your short break, right after a free lunch, you will enjoy a magnificent exclusive cruise on the Douro River. The Libertu's sailboat provides a unique experience with moments of intimacy with nature as it travels through history to the times when the Rabelo boats moved through the force of the sails. You can know more and book this three-day short break in the Douro region by clicking this link.

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Portugal, despite is small size, offers an immense variety of travel possibilities. If you wish to know more suggestions for short breaks in Portugal, access our Travel and Wine blog where you can find advices, reviews, and vacation options for all travelers. 

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Marisa Leitão

Written by: Marisa Leitão

Marisa has been working on Digital Marketing and Advertising for the past years. Born in Lisbon and hopelessly in love with Porto, she knows the trendy places and the hidden-gems of both. Ask her about Portuguese heritage and curiosities, she knows some funny facts that you will enjoy to uncover.

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