For a wine enthusiast, nothing beats a journey that transports them to aromas and flavors that bring joy. Portugal has many facets, and Wine Tourism is one of them. Come along and discover Portugal through wine!
History of Port Wine and Douro Wine
There are records of grapevine traces in the Douro region dating back two or three thousand years, with archaeological discoveries confirming the cultivation of lands along the Douro River.
The terraced vineyards along the Douro Wine Region, near the Douro River, form a protected landscape that UNESCO classified as World Heritage in 2001.
The connection of Wine to the River is undeniable, and it is this environment and favorable climate that ensures the essential conditions for the production of Port Wine and “Douro” wines.
It is the same vineyards where the renowned Port wine is produced that also yield “Douro” wines.
Appreciating the Douro Wine Region
If you are a wine and vineyard landscape enthusiast, there is nothing better than traveling to Porto and taking the opportunity to visit the Douro, by boat or by train.
Taking a train or boat trip in the Douro is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience.
The Douro Historical Train is a true journey back in time, but it is only available between July and October. The steam locomotive and the 5 historic carriages cover the distance from Régua to Tua, a landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Alternatively, there is the MiraDouro Train, with panoramic windows of vintage carriages that circulates year-round between Porto São Bento, Régua, and Pocinho.
If you prefer to travel by boat, there are various Douro cruises available throughout the year.
Best Places to Appreciate Port Wine
For Port wine enthusiasts, we have selected the 18 best places to appreciate this delicious wine. Here, you can also learn how to pair this wine with gastronomy.
In addition to the above suggestions, if you are planning to travel to Porto in February, we recommend visiting the Essência do Vinho event, which takes place from February 22 to 25. An event that brings together exhibitors from various wine regions, not just Douro, as well as visitors from various nationalities. In addition, this event takes place in a historic and beautiful location – the Palácio da Bolsa. Stay in a hotel in the historic center of Porto and walk to the event.
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