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5 days to discover the Wines of Northern Portugal

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If there is a region of Portugal that is internationally recognised for its wines, it's the North. This product of choice is enveloped in the grandeur of the landscapes that create it – the regions demarcated with the beautiful terraces that give them life.

Considered a World Heritage Site, the Alto Douro Vinhateiro is one of the areas that we want you to discover. Minho, Porto and Trás-os-Montes complete five days of discovery full of flavour and wine tasting, visits to farms and wineries, participation in grape picking and other activities that lead us to immortalise the past.

Day 1 | Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde

Every day we suggest a Winemaking Region for you to discover. We begin with the acidic soils of Minho – the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde, located in the north-east corner of the country and protected by the Serra do Marão. From Monção to Baião, this fresh, moist and green landscape has more than 20,000 hectares of small plots, on which is produced Vinho Verde (young wine) and also white and sparkling wines.

From the time of the first Portuguese King (D. Afonso Henriques, in the 12th Century), the cultivation of wine has been important in this region, since the strong influence of the Atlantic Ocean gives it different characteristics from the rest.

And from this promising and accomplished region come products like Alvarinho, a reference to the Brejoeira Palace, where you can visit the gardens, the library, the chapel and the vineyard, discovering this Portuguese product up close. We also invite you to take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Palace.

In addition, we suggest for lunch or dinner, when you choose dishes to accompany this wine, opt for fish/seafood meals with salads, something light and balanced. Afterwards, tell us what you felt.

In Minho life is intense. Not only food and wines, but also faith, nautical adventures and natural biodiversity. Enjoy the extensive range on offer and be enchanted.

Day 2 | The Touriga of Trás-os-Montes

Now head into the interior, where Trás-os-Montes  shows you a range of mountains and granitic soils whose production isn't as intense as that of Minho, but is also distinctive. From here come white and red wines, especially Malvasia Fina and Touriga Nacional, respectively. The latter is recommended to accompany the famous local lamb dishes.

Besides the wine, the region is known for its hot springs. Take the chance to relax a little and care for your well-being at the Chaves Spa. And, if you stay in February, go and see the Caretos meeting during the carnival celebrations typical of the region. It's a lot of fun.

Pacheca Farm is an almost compulsory destination on this day; it opens the door to the charm of the next region: the Douro. Spend the night at the award-winning The Wine House Hotel and wake up with the desire to explore all the new space that surrounds you.

Days 3 and 4 | Douro “World Heritage Site”

You have entered Douro, where the famous Port Wine has been produced for more than 2,000 years, as have the Douros, which have raised their profile recently. Since it is considered a World Heritage Site, this winemaking region deserves a two-day visit.

This region produces the most wine in Portugal, despite the initial difficulty of taming the rough terrain in the seventeenth century.

There are hundreds of varieties, including reds and whites, with an emphasis on those of the highest quality: Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional.

Try it out yourself, and take part in the best wine tourism programmes, with workshops, grape picking, boat trips, hikes, museum visits, guided tours, and much more besides, including olive oil tasting. There are several offers online to choose from when picking a place to stay.

Day 5 | Porto and ViniPortugal

Tasting Room Let's take one last trip to a winery, with a visit the Bolsa Palace in the centre of Porto. From Monday to Saturday, between 11am and 7pm, you can enter one of the city's picture postcard destinations and try out its tasting room. Here, you can try Port Wine, acquire literature on the subject and take part in diverse events.

If you still want to find out more about wines, cross the river or one of the bridges that traverse it to visit the Port Wine Cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia, where Port Wine is stored to age without large temperature variations, after travelling down the river on rabelo boats – wooden boats that are still seen on the river.

A trip to the city centre to appreciate its history and architecture will make you want to come back.

You know that you can contact us whenever you have any questions, because we love to set up a trip made to measure for you.

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