In this luxury wine and food break, designed by Portugal by Wine, we invite you relax and enjoy the Douro & Porto.
The 7-nights program, includes a stay at a 5-stars hotels, guided tours in emblematic Douro estates, having in 4, regional meals with wines, and, also, a dinner in a restaurant awarded 2 Michelin stars, and visits to Port Wine Cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The first accommodation will be at The Vintage House Hotel 5*, where you will find a relaxing and cosy atmosphere, surrounded by the ancestral vineyards of the Douro region, in a calm and charming landscape, in an idyllic and quiet riverside location in Pinhão, in the true heart of the Douro Valley. The Vintage House offers its visitors one of the most unforgettable wine experiences in the Douro region. On the first day, you will enjoy a dinner in the restaurant.
On the 2nd day of the program, you will visit Quinta da Pacheca, located in Lamego. You will visit the vineyards, the presses, where the olive oil is produced, the wine cellar, where the best wines are produced, and the shop, where you can purchase the wines and some gourmet products. You will enjoy a true combination of traditional Douro flavours, in a wine and sensory experience, which will begin with a traditional cooking workshop, where you will make, with the help of Chef, a typical Douro meal. Furthermore, you will also enjoy a tasting of Douro and Port wines from Quinta da Pacheca.
In the afternoon, you will visit Quinta do Vallado, built in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous wine estates in the Douro Valley. The new cellar and the barrel room, whose construction began in 2008, and with completion at the end of 2009, combines the most advanced technology with a high quality architecture. The winery tour will take you to know all the stages of transformation through which the grapes pass, from the vineyard to the bottle. The visit also includes a passage through the stunning barrel room, where the best wines age. At the end, you will taste a selection of wines from Quinta do Vallado.
On the 3rd day, the program includes the visit and lunch at Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, a place of extreme beauty, in the heart of the Douro, municipality of Sabrosa, Vila Real, being owned by the Amorim family since 1999 and having been considered one of the 9 most beautiful wine estates to visit by American Airlines. You will visit the winery, built in 1764, the Wine Museum Centre, the barrel room and the underground wine cellar, where the best lots selected by the family age. After the visit, you will enjoy a wine lunch composed of a 3 Moments menu, paired with Quinta Nova wines, selected by the Winemaker.
During the 4th day, you will visit and have lunch at Quinta do Ventozelo, which stands out for the exceptional soil conditions and climate of Ventozelo that provide a viticulture of excellence. At the agricultural level, productions such as olive oil, honey, fruit and cork also take their place. It is a true reserve of the Douro biodiversity. It is this diversity that we invite you to taste, with tasting of Ventozelo wines and lunch at the Cantina de Ventozelo restaurant, where you will savour a traditional menu of Douro and Trás-Os-Montes products. On the terrace overlooking the Estate and the Douro River, the delicacies gain a new flavour.
On the 5th day of the program, you will visit Quinta do Tedo. In the heart of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, between the Douro and Tedo rivers, near Folgosa, Armamar. It is one of the most remarkable and emblematic of the region, currently producing Port Wine, Douro DOC wines and olive oil, based on sustainable bio agriculture. You will get to know Quinta do Tedo on a guided tour of the winery, winemaking centre and historic cellars, which will end with a tasting of 3 Port Wines, harmonized with regional cheeses and homemade jams.
The dinner will be booked at Quinta do Portal, located in Sabrosa, Vila Real. It is a Portuguese house, familiar and independent, that embraced with all passion the concept of "Boutique Winery", dedicating itself to the production of DOC Douro Wines, Port wines of special categories and Moscatel. You will enjoy a traditional menu, composed of regional Douro dishes and accompanied by Quinta do Portal wines.
During the 6th day it will be time to go from Douro to Porto.
You will check in at The Yeatman 5*, a luxurious wine hotel with wonderful views of the World Heritage City of Porto and the Douro River. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux chain and awarded two Michelin stars, The Yeatman is a distinctive and unique landmark in the world's luxury hotel scene. Situated in the historic area of the city, where the oldest port wine cellars are located, Yeatman is located on a beautiful hill, with stunning views of Porto and, in all its surrounding space, provides an extremely quiet and serene environment within the city. All rooms and suites have panoramic city views and a private terrace facing the Douro River. During the day, you will enjoy a wellness treatment at the hotel's Spa. In the evening, you will have reserved a table in the hotel restaurant, awarded 2 Michelin stars, where you will enjoy dinner, paired with a selection of premium wines.
The 7th day will be dedicated to visiting the Port Wine Cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia! The activities start in the Caves Fonseca, one of the most illustrious of all the Port wine houses. From the legendary 1840, the first Vintage Port to be launched on the market, to the fantastic vintages declared in the last decade, the company has produced a series of acclaimed wines, even in the most adverse moments in history. On a guided tour, you will learn about the history, traditions, and culture of Fonseca, dedicated to the production of all styles of the best Port wines. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy a Port Wine tasting.
After lunch, it will be time to visit the famous Caves Ferreira, with more than 250 years of tradition of excellence, Caves Ferreira has one of the best Vintage Porto wine cellars, a reference in the sector, with wines since 1815. This magnificent wine cellar dates back to the times of D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira who, in 1896, left a valuable "frasqueira" with thousands of bottles of the most consecrated crops. During the visit, you will discover Ferreira's long tradition in the production of Vintage Ports of excellent quality and taste these magnificent nectars.
For last, you will visit The Caves Taylor's, in the heart of the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia, and enjoy a guided tour that will take you to explore the basement that houses most of the company's large wooden port wine reserves, as well as its Vintage Port wine cellars. After the visit, you will participate in a tasting of Port wines.
Dinner will be at the restaurant DeCastro Gaia, integrated in the building of Espaço Porto Cruz, in the centre of Cais de Gaia. In this restaurant, the pairing of wine with Portuguese appetizers is invoked, and regional products are given preference, with a touch of modernity. You will enjoy this gastronomic experience paired with Quinta de Ventozelo wines.
The program will end on the 8th day, after breakfast and check out of the hotel.
Discover Portugal by Wine!
- 5 Nights of accommodation, in a double room, at The Vintage House Hotel 5*, and 2 nights, in a superior room, at The Yeatman 5*;
- Visits with wine tastings at wineries in Douro and in wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia;
- Cooking class at Quinta da Pacheca;
- Spa treatment at the hotel;
- 4 regional meals on wine estates and 3 in restaurants, one of them awarded 2 Michelin stars.