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Douro, one of the best wines producing regions in the world
Very close to Porto lies this little wonder of our country — the demarcated region of the Upper Douro. There are about 250,000 hectares between the towns of Barqueiros and Barca d’Alva.
This region is famous all over the world for the production of wine, especially port wine and, in 2001, the area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Did you know that the Douro is the oldest regulated and demarcated wine region in the world?
It was in 1756 that Marquês do Pombal ordered the territorial limits of the “Vineyards of the Upper Douro” to be defined. Thus, the 1st worldwide formal model for managing a wine region was created.
One of the most characteristic and impressive features of the region is that it seems to have been hand-built by artisans who imagined and “designed” deep valleys, unique slopes and mountains with stunning landscapes over the river and its vineyards.
It is the ideal setting for a different visit, private but, above all, designed for you and the people with whom you travel.
The Douro can be uncovered in many ways, but one thing that you can’t fail to notice is its glamour.
Whether it’s a cruise on the river waters, tasting wines on a fantastic farm, or walking on the wonderful trails, the challenge we leave you is to dare to embark on a tour between ancient terraces, where you can be in contact with the people of the Douro.
Taste the best wines in the world and learn our secrets and tradition.
This tour offers you the chance to get to know the most important wine villages in the region. These are places that have unique background stories told among vineyards, monasteries, churches, castles, and museums. Pinhão, Peso da Régua and Provesende are three of the villages you really must get to know.
Our visit goes through two of the main farms in the region – Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Pacheca – where you will be able to taste the best wines in the world while you hear the secrets of centuries of living in the area, and information ranging from the process of wine production to the tread of the grape, to the characteristics of the soil itself. In other words, everything that is given to the wine that is made here results in its unique characteristics.
To appreciate all the beauty of the Douro River, you are invited for a boat ride in the village of Pinhão. This will give you a chance to get to know a beautiful section of the river, which has no access from the roads, and to have a unique experience full of tradition.
You can also dive into the refreshing waters of some of the best river beaches in the country.
And what about eating in the Douro?
One of the best parts of the day is undoubtedly lunchtime.
It is at the table that you will understand why this region is one of the best kept gastronomic secrets in Portugal.
Everything, from the famous Tripas to Bacalhau à Brás, without forgetting, of course, the Cabrito Assado, competes to make your day memorable.
Then finish up a typical lunch in style with a Bola de Lamego or with cake soaked in port wine. One thing is certain: the Douro is not recommended for those who do not like to eat well.
Embark on a visit to one of the most important wine areas in the world:
Accept our invitation to come and discover one of the most important regions in Portugal.
You will have an intimate tour of the Douro Valley lasting almost 11 hours.
It is an authentic enchanted valley with incomparable beauty and that makes anyone who is lucky enough to pass through blessed.
Book this fantastic trip that includes beautiful scenery, typical meals, and the secrets of history with an option to include boat trips by the river. Always accompanied with the best wines in the world.
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Walking tour at the vineyard village of Provesende that will take you to a journey between the past and the present.
Here we find an old Pillory of the sixteenth century, an 18th century baroque Parish Church and a Fountain from the same century.
We will also see several manor houses that attest the economic power of this wine-growing village.
Casal de Loivos Viewpoint
This stop is located in one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, elected a UNESCOs World Heritage site in 2001.
From here you can enjoy a landscape full of vineyards. In addition to the vineyards, other elements such as mountains, fields and villages stand out. The rich fauna and flora also stand out in this location.
Olive Oil Mill - Olive Oil Museum (Optional)
Guided museum tour + olive oil and wine tasting
This olive mill, transformed into a museum, allows you to understand the traditional method of olive oil production, which is another important product from the Douro Region.
Here you can do an olive oil tasting, as well as wine tastings, with a breathtaking view over the Douro.
This beautiful village is considered the heart of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, where the many farms that produce Port wine are located, inserted in one of the areas classified by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of humanity.
Pinhão owes its toponym to the river of the same name, a tributary of the Douro River, whose beautiful mouth is in this locality.
Pinhão Railway Station
Early 20th century railway station decorated with tile panels of great beauty of the Fábrica Aleluia, 1936, which depict daily scenes of Pinhão, as well as the production of Port Wine, from the harvest, through the stepping of the grapes to the transport in the Rabelo boats to the warehouses of Porto.
This early 20th-century railway station is decorated with tile panels depicting scenes of Pinhão and its wine traditions from the harvest, the tread of grapes and the transport of wine in Rabelo boats to the warehouses of the city of Porto.
Magnificent Boat Trip in the Douro - 10 eur / Person (Optional)
Magnificent boat ride on the Douro River for 1 hour to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of the mountains that surround this River.
Quinta do Bomfim Wine Experience
Guided Winery Tour + Wine Tasting
Guided tour by specialized hosts where you can get to know the heritage of this famous property while visiting the wine cellar, basement and vineyard.
They will let you know the processes of vineyard and winemaking operations.
At the end of the guided exploration of the property, each guest receives a complimentary tasting of three different styles of port wine.
National Road 222 Peso do Régua to Pinhão
The section of National Road 222, which combines Weight of the Ruler to Pinhão, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and classified as the best road to drive in the world by the Avis Driving Index than the Big Sur Road (California, USA) and the Bad Urach (Hohenzollern, Germany); the A535, in central England, came third on the podium.
On this road you will cross the Douro valley always accompanied by the Douro River and taking advantage of its breath-taking views.
Quinta da Pacheca Wine Experience
Guided Winery Tour + Wine Tasting
Get to know Quinta da Pacheca Winery!
Expert hosts will take you through an immersive 45-minute experience by its rich history, along with current vineyard and winemaking operations. At the end of this property-guided tour, each guest receives a wine tasting with 4 wines (2 table wines + 2 Port wines).
Peso da Régua Metal Bridge
The metal bridge was built in 1872 by King D. Luís I for road crossing of the Douro River and was deactivated since 1949 due to the state of degradation of the wooden board.
The initial project belongs to engineer W. Liebe, and was later changed by engineer Johann Gaspar Harkort and the construction work was under the guidance of German engineer Wilherm Dulhener from the Eifel team.
Peso da Régua City
Peso da Régua had its great development after 1756 with the creation of the Real Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (Royal Company of Vine-Growers from the Alto Douro Region), which set up the world's first ever demarcated region for wine production.
Situated on the banks of the River Douro, Peso da Régua played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine, for it was from here that the barrels were transported in the special boats known as Barcos Rabelos to Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine is left to age in the local wine cellars.
São Pedro Viewpoint (Optional)
The viewpont of São Pedro is located at an elevated location - 442m altitude - and at the top of the mountain the visitor can contemplate a beautiful chapel, Peso da Régua city and several parishes of the municipality of Santa Marta.
São Leonardo da Galafura Viewpoint (Optional)
The viewpoint of S. Leonardo is one of the most beautiful in the entire Douro region and even served as inspiration for who is considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the twentieth century, Miguel Torga.
From this location you can glimpse the Douro valley. The river, in the background, running slowly to the mouth, the rough slopes, the sharp peaks, and the verdant of the nearest vineyards, which try to disguise the prevailing ash.
Quinta do Seixo Wine Experience (Optional)
Guided tour of the winery + wine tasting
Uncover the history and secrets of Sandeman Porto Wine, with a guided tour by specialized hosts through the innovative winery of Quinta do Seixo, followed by a tasting of three wines of superior category and representing the three styles of Port Wine – White, Ruby and Tawny.
Museu do Douro – Régua - (Optional) 7,5eur/Person
Visit to the Museum with 1 Port Wine Tasting
This is the territory museum of the Douro region and it's the place of excellence for those who want to deepen the knowledge of the region, it's memory, culture and identity.
In addition to exhibitions, it where all the documents and artifacts that are still being found in this area are collected for analysis.
In addition to the visit to the museum, the entrance will give you an opportunity of one Port Wine tasting.
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⛈️ - Weather
Exact destinations and itineraries may be changed due to weather, road conditions and the guide’s discretion. If cancelled due to poor weather, a different date or a full refund will be offered. Please check our Terms and Conditions.
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Included wineries are subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.
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It is mandatory to present a valid photo ID for drinking alcohol in wineries. Be aware that the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years.
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