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This is the perfect quirky accommodation option for all the wine lovers out there. Quinta da Pacheca has launched its new lodging option, which offers nothing less than the opportunity to sleep in a giant wine barrel in the heart of Douro Valley. Ever since this has been the Top Choice to spend the night, so be sure to experience it. Just a friendly reminder: book it well in advance!
Located near Port wine town and cruise center of Peso da Régua, Quinta da Pacheca is nearly three hundred years old, standing as one of the first properties to bottle wine under their label. Entirely restored concerning traditional architecture and features, it blends modern design with historical ambiance.
You can take a winery tour here, enjoy a wine tasting session paired with cheese and jam, have a picnic in the vineyards, a wine course or - best yet - a cooking class where you'll learn traditional techniques while preparing your very own meal.
The restaurant is spacious and elegant, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views onto the Douro River and the surrounding vineyards. Chef Carlos Pires serves regional cuisine with dishes such as Alheira Sausage and Asparagus Puffs and Sauteed Mushrooms or Cornbread Crusted Cod, all naturally paired with Quinta da Pacheca wines.
On top of all this, Quinta da Pacheca also offers accommodation in their 18th-century manor, which was entirely restored with respect to traditional architecture and features, combining modern design with historical ambiance.
More recently, they have launched a new accommodation option. You may now spend the night in a giant wine barrel, which offers all the comforts granted by modern-day standards. Each of these wine barrels - there are only 10 of them, are an exquisite way to experience Douro. Each barrel is about 270 square feet (25 square meters) in size and comes with a double bed, a fully equipped bathroom, and air conditioning. all the modern comforts you may need to recharge batteries on your Douro Valley wine tour adventure.
On the outside, there's a deck from where you can enjoy a rolling as-far-as-the-eye-can-see-view of this magical valley.
In addition to the round glass door, there's also a skylight through which you can enjoy the star-filled nights, all the more visible away from the city lights.
Text by Wine Tourism Portugal & Photos by Quinta da Pacheca
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