Seeing the wineries of the Douro Valley
In Spain and Portugal, you’re almost always within reach of a vineyard. Wine tours and tastings give you an insight into the makings of wine, cava, and port. But, there’s also a strong sense of history and heritage to uncover.
I am especially delighted in going to Quinta Nova, a vineyard, resort, and also dining establishment in the heart of the valley. The residential or commercial property is possessed by the Amorim household, whose origins in the port market stretch back generations having formerly had a cork organization in Vila Nova de Gaia.
I took a seat to a tapas lunch in its Conceitus Vineyard Dining Establishment. Tables are set on the balcony ignoring the valley and also a river, and also recipes utilize fresh seasonal components from the town. White wines are coupled with your dish, as well as if you choose a classic port, they’ll uncork the bottle in the conventional method making use of warm tongs.
After lunch, I recommend exploring the vineyard, which goes back to 1764. Your overview can reveal to you the barrel’s space along with the underground cellar, which is piled high with containers.
If you time your go-to with harvest period (generally September or October), you can assist choose the grapes by hand, loading your typical basket with the fruit. Or, attempt walking the grapes, taking in the event ambiance as accordions play behind the scenes.
Getting here in the Douro Valley, what initially recorded my interest was the uncommon terracing of the landscape, similar to the rice areas of China or the terraced rock wall surfaces of Machu Picchu. Rows of wineries are startled down the hills, sloping to the Douro River listed below, where gondola-style watercraft as soon as made use of to carry a glass of wine to Porto slide past.
The ideal time to check out Spain and also Portugal’s
glass of wine areas
The most effective weather condition is in between April as well as June, or September as well as October. July, as well as August, can obtain warmth, especially in the Douro Valley. Harvest normally falls in September or very early October and also is an amazing time to be on a winery, while later on in October you can take pleasure in the spotted reds, brownish, yellow, and also corroded orange vegetation.