We have lined up some of the best nectar’s Portugal has to offer, from the main Quality Wine Producing Regions. This tour was put together for the liking of those who have a special interest in wine producing estates. There is selection of the best places in Portugal, from north to south, to get you engaged with the traditional and the modern processes used in wine production. The tour includes, visits to wine-cellars and wine producing estates, gaining knowledge of vintage as well as mingling with wine producers and local workers.
Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by different ancient civilizations. Portugal has so much more to offer than sun and sand and visiting the major wine growing regions is a fantastic way to get to know the country. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose Latin name was Portus Cale.
Lisbon is Portugal's capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses. In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. The crowning glory of the aesthetic beauty of Portugal, this is one place where architectural intricacy and natural beauty come together to produce a picturesque union.
Douro Valley lies in Northern Portugal’s claim as the most beautiful wine region in the world is supported by the grandeur of its landscape and wines. Douro Valley is birthplace of Port and one of the oldest and most beautiful historic world wine regions. Wine has been made here for 2000 years! The region is mountainous and the majority of vineyards are planted on terraces, many supported by ancient dry stone walls, creating striking landscapes.
Three Portuguese wines with the longest history and tradition are cultivated in proximity of Lisbon. In Bucelas, the millenary culture of vine is done in an unusual manner, stretching all the way through the floodplains of the Trancão River and the Bemposta Stream. In the Colares region, with breathtaking views of the sea and the Sintra Mountain Range, the vines grow and proliferate on sandy grounds. Finally, Carcavelos, with its’ rolling hills and moderate climate, is cradle to the wine that once was the most famous fortified wine in Portugal.
The tour begins with a brief stroll in the historic centre of the romantic town of Sintra to savour the famous “travesseiros” a traditional pastry from Sintra, an example of a regional Conventual confectionery. Then we move on through the exuberant vegetation and beautiful scenery of the Sintra Natural Park with destination, Colares. In Colares, a guided tour and tasting of the famous wines of Colares Regional Cellars followed by a visit to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, before arriving at Praia do Guincho where the best seafood and fresh fish of the region are to be found. Return to Lisbon along the Atlantic coastline, driving through Cascais and Estoril.
Begin your journey across the Tagus River estuary contemplating the stunning portrait of Lisbon from the Vasco da Gama Bridge, heading for the typical landscapes of the Alentejo where, in the midst of the golden plains, the Romans founded the city of Évora, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In a land of vineyards, planted by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and now, great agricultural houses the wine producers have managed to place the Alentejo brand among the greatest Portuguese wines, there is also one of the most delicious and unique culinary traditions in Portugal. The tour begins with a visit to one of the most prestigious estates in the region: the Herdade do Esporão. After lunch, we will once again cross the alentejana plain, heading for yet another wine region, close to the Lisbon coast: the Setúbal Peninsula, a land of great viticulture traditions, known as the Costa Azul, located south of the Tagus River estuary.
The wine producing region of Dão DOC wines, is located in the central-north of Portugal, in the province of Beira Alta. This region produces mainly red wines characterized by an average alcohol content of twelve percent, man inimitable ruby-colour, round bodied and velvety consistency in the mouth. Bairrada, a territory of grapes, vineyards and great wines, is a region of sunny and muddy gentle hills, whose boundaries are the natural dunes of the coastline and the mountains ranges of Buçaco and Caramulo.
Accommodation in Porto.
The Vinho Verde is unique. A naturally light and fresh wine, produced in the Vinho Verde Region in north-western Portugal, a coastal region geographically well placed for the production of excellent white wines. The tour takes you to some of the most important estates involved in the production of Vinho Verde, followed by a visit to the historic centres of Guimarães and Ponte de Lima.
Accommodation in Porto.
In the morning you depart from Porto heading northeast, our destination being Régua, located in the Douro Wine Region. On arrival we make a brief pause, to allow you to take in the charisma of the region, before heading for Pinhão travelling on one of the most enchanting routes in Portugal, alongside the Douro Rivers’ left riverbank.
In the small town of Pinhão you pay a visit to what use to be the old railway station, now a store and museum with a display of unique items representing the great viticulture traditions of this region followed by a visit to the current railway station, adjacent the old one, well known for its’ 24 tile panels portraying the Douro landscapes and aspects of the vintage. The tour then takes you to two wine producing estates so you can fully understand the way of life of these people and be enlightened on the current and former production processes. An educational experience that reveals secrets and allows you to taste the extraordinary wines produced in this region.
Accommodation in Porto.
The Douro River flows to embrace the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Porto, the city where this tour will also come to an end. Porto, the city that borrows its’ name to the famous Port Wine. The tour begins in front of the Porto City Hall, from there you go on to visit the city’s most emblematic monuments with a grand ending at the Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the Douro River with the famous Port wine! In a colourful urban landscape, with many centuries of history, you will tread through peculiar places, get to know the most picturesque corners and witness the magnificence of the great architectural symbols of the “Invicta” city, like the Cathedral, the neo-Classical Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral Neighbourhood and the Church of St. Francisco, all top exponents of Baroque art.
Accommodation in Porto.
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