Douro Valley Portugal
“But Portugal has a peaceful feel about it. I sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyard there and I feel cut off from the world. You need that sort of thing.” Cliff Richard
The Douro Valley is the primary wine-growing region of northern Portugal. It can be a day trip from Porto. I knew it would be beautiful but I didn’t know it would be this beautiful.
Terraced vineyards, green-brown mountains, almond and olive trees swoop down to the glassy, blue Douro River. This was the view from everywhere.
The Valley isn’t necessarily a secret but the destination doesn’t see nearly as many tourists as other famed wine regions such as Bordeaux or Napa.
The Douro Valley is a World Heritage Site Wine Region with approximately 2000 years of past. According to UNESCO, you’re stepping into a winemaking valley full of history. The Romans started to cultivated vines in the valley. By the 18th and 19th Century, Port Wine reached English tables and started to make its own name.
We tour the facilities of a few wineries. We learn about the traditional foot-stomping method to crush grapes, which is still used for wine production (especially the older vines which create more complex wines.
Across the river from Pinhao, is Quinta de Seixo where the well-known Sandeman winery combines state-of the-art cellar technology with great wine experiences.
We do a wine tasting here with the absolutely breath taking view.
On the banks of the river, along with a Michelin star is DOC restaurant which is one of the best places to go in the valley.
I have a lunch there and it is so delicious we eat a Chef Rui Paula’s restaurant in Porto as well.
The Douro Valley is a surprisingly quiet and tranquil place to be.
There is always something strange and familiar about a river, hills, grass and trees. Sometimes, the world looks very peaceful. Thanks again to our tour guide Tiago for a wonderful day. https://www.4u2enjoy.pt/