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Long weekend wine tour Douro Valley

4 days
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  • Visit 3 exclusive top wine estates in the Douro Valley
  • Enjoy superb tastings of port and table wines as guest of these estates
  • Discover the joys of fine Portuguese cuisine, modern as well as traditional
  • Enjoy the magnificent countryside of the Douro Valley, possibly Europe’s most spectacular wine region
  • Sojourn at an exclusive hotel on a wine estate, with majestic views of river and vineyards
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From the handsome old city of Porto, Porto, follow the Douro river inland and you will discover a rural paradise with magnificent countryside, the Douro Valley. This area may well be Europe’s most spectacular wine region, offering the visitor stunning scenery.

The deep gorge that the Douro has carved through soft salty soils allows for dramatic vistas. The steep hillsides are covered from top to bottom with terraced vineyards. They are so steep that to this day grapes can only be handpicked.

Superior wines

Whilst the valley is historically famous as the producer of port wines, for the last 10 years some of Europe’s best unfortified table wines have also been made here. The best wine estates make both port and table wines and, in a few instances, the estate owners take their table wines more seriously than their port wines.

The vineyards are mostly planted with the local varieties like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarella.

Reflecting the dramatic variations in both the orientation and altitude of the land, the characters of the wines produced in neighboring vineyards can be quite different. The style of the wines also varies enormously depending on the provenance of the grapes and the intentions of the winemaker – from Burgundian to schistose solidity.

There is a real air of excitement in the Douro valley about this extraordinary terrain’s ability to express itself in such a diverse range of wine.

It is no wonder that the leading wine magazines like Decanter and Wine Spectator have given high marks to a number of Douro table wines. Even the Bordelaise have been moving in, buying vineyards or setting up joint ventures with some of the local estates.

What to expect from us?

With our unusual “Wine Long weekend in Douro Valley” you will enjoy superb tastings at beautiful wine estates, where great port and table wines are made. You will meet inspiring winemakers and owners of wineries, and are invited into their homes.

You will also enjoy wonderful food and will discover beautiful baroque palaces, in an area which offers some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe.

This 4 days / 3 nights experience is perfect for discerning travelers seeking fine wines, delectable cuisine and exclusive accommodation set in stunning countryside.

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You will be staying at a working winery in the heart of the Douro Valley.

The 18th century quinta (manor house), the centre of the winery, has been extensively restored and turned into an intimate and exclusive hotel. The quinta is located on a slope, allowing for the most spectacular views over the countryside. There are 11 comfortable rooms, each of which is tastefully furnished and is air conditioned.

The property, situated within a 400 acre estate, has spacious gardens and terraces as well as a beautiful swimming pool.

It is a very special place.

Dates 2017:

  • Our gastronomic breaks are available throughout the year, except the month of August
  • Minimum number of guests 2
  • To check availability for specific dates, please get in touch

The price for a 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break:

  • Euro 595 per person
  • Euro 175 single room supplement

What is included:

  • 3 night accommodation excusive hotel / winery
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 restaurant dinner Douro – including wines and soft drinks
  • 1 restaurant dinner Regua – including wines and soft drinks
  • 1 tour & tasting at winery, with dinner – including wines and soft drinks
  • 2 tours & tastings at wineries, with lunch – including wines and soft drinks
  • 1 restaurant lunch Amarante – including wines and soft drinks

There are many direct flights into Porto airport from Europe. For trans-atlantic flights, it may be easiest to connect in Lisbon.

The Douro Valley is around 1,5 / 2 hours east of Porto by car. Hiring a car is a good option if you enjoy driving in beautiful countryside. It is easy too to get to Douro Valley by train from Porto, it is a beautiful train ride, trains run regularly. The local travel in Douro can be organised by local taxis (taxis are relatively inexpensive) or by organizing a transfer service for you.

If you would like Paladares Travel to assist with car rental services or to organize transportation, please let us know. Kindly note the pricing on our website does not include transportation, since the cost is largely dependent on the number of people requiring such service.

Paladares Travel does not offer flights. We suggest you to book directly with one the many companies offering such services. However,
If you wish to book your flights directly, we kindly refer you to http://www.flytap.nl, the website of TAP Portugal.

TAP Portugal is Portugal’s national airline; they are known for their reliability and good level of service. TAP has frequent connections to various cities in Portugal, from Amsterdam, Brussels and London.

Alternatively there are many other companies offering flights. Booking early can be very advantageous.

Please find below an outline of the proposed wine tour.
Kindly note that this program is available all year round for a minimum of 2 people, with the exception of the month of August.

If you wish you can have your long weekend fully escorted by an English and Portuguese speaking guide. We can also organise local transfers and transport.

It may be possible to commence the itinerary any day of the week. Your stay can be easily extended.

Day 1 Thursday
  • Arrival at Porto airport.
  • Depart for the Douro Valley – it is around 2 hour’s drive
  • Arrival and check-in at your hotel in the heart of the Douro valley; this is an exclusive hotel situated in the heart of a wine estate
  • After checking in, there will be a tour of the winery followed by a comparative wine tasting and dinner.
    Here you will enjoy tasty country dishes which may feature local produce like cold cured meats, game on the spit, chestnuts and wild mushrooms. The food will be paired with the wines from this top-estate.
Day 2 Friday
  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Visit to one of the Douro’s top estates in the Cima Corgo sub region in the heart of the Douro valley.
  • The table wines of this quinta have deservedly been awarded the highest marks from magazines like Decanter and Wine Spectator. You will tour the splendidly located winery, which dates back to the 17th century.
  • It will be followed by a rustic yet refined country lunch, with each course paired with various signature wines from the estate.
  • Return to the hotel, with time to relax and enjoy the splendid surroundings.
  • Dinner at a charming local restaurant in the central Douro valley. Here the chef prepares high quality rustic food, with a strong emphasis on dishes from the region. The wine list is extensive, focussing on wines of the Douro region.
Day 3 Saturday
  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Visit to one of the best wineries in the Douro sub region Baixa Corgo.
  • It is a lovely historic place with a beautiful manor house typical for the region. The 18th century buildings, while preserving the original baroque features of its architecture, also contain an excellent modern wine making operation.
  • Wines are superb, receiving frequently high accolades from domestic and international wine journalists.
  • The tour of the quinta will be followed by a wine tasting of their signature wines, accompanied by some local delicious food, serving as a light lunch.
  • Return to the hotel, with more time to relax and enjoy the splendid surroundings.
  • Dinner at a beautifully designed modern restaurant on the banks of the Douro river – you will enjoy the signature dishes of a famous Portuguese chef, with matching wines as you will have become accustomed to.

    Dishes will be light and pure, with the freshness of the ingredients shining through. The wine list here is both long and excellent.

Day 4 Sunday
  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Depart for the town of Amarante, located halfway between Porto and the Douro valley, in the Vinho Verde region.
    This is a charming medieval town situated on the banks of a tributary of the Douro river.
  • Farewell lunch in a historic palace in the heart of the old the city, which now houses an excellent Michelin starred restaurant.
  • The restaurant serves Portuguese Food with a French twist, using ingredients from the Douro / Minho regions. Again, the wine list here is exceptional.
  • Depart for Porto city / Porto airport.
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