Douro Valley

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, mentioned in records as far back as 1725, is an ancient property in the heart of the Douro Valley. Behind the awards that recognize the excellence of its wines there is a basis of the utmost respect and policies of preservation of the Douro region. Therefore, it was no big surprise that it won the Sustainable Wine Practices Award, given by the Great Wine Capitals Network.

Coming from Vila Real and descending the terraced mountain by the beautiful national road that configures amazing viewpoints at each curve of the journey, a black silhouette appears on my left. There is something subtle in the way that Quinta da Gaivosa’s new winery marks the landscape of the Alto Douro wine region.

Startling, it tells a story made of dreams and achievements, fusing into the landscape that embraces it, that of the first demarcated wine region of the world, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

These are more than enough reasons for Quinta da Gaivosa to be the winner of the Great Wine Capitals 2017 Best of Wine Tourism regional award in the Architecture and Landscape category.

The Casa do Rio, located on the grounds of Quinta do Orgal overlooking the upper Douro Valley, seems to be at one with the surrounding hillside.  Here, visitors can experience the tranquil beauty of the Douro.  It's no wonder that it was a 2017 winner of a Best Of Wine Tourism award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices!

Look no more: it's Porto!

After all my journeys, I know that Porto has a way of being special, emanating a strong sense of belonging and identity. There live an open-hearted, creative and hard working people, still following the motto Talent de bien faire, already put into practice by our ancestor Prince Henrique The Navigator in the XV century, when Portuguese became the first great discoverers of the unknown world. Today the world looks back at us and begins to discover our own treasures...

Real Companhia Velha is one of the oldest wine companies in Portugal – it was founded by Royal Charter of King D. José I of Portugal, on the 10th September 1756.

The company owns five estates in the Douro Valley, all of them different from each other!

This post, written by Rita Branco, participated in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

My last visit to the Douro Valley finished with splendor!

Me and my hosts, António Pinto and Rui Almeida from “Douro à Vela”, Francisco Abrunhosa from “A Casa de  Gouvães”, Lina and Catia Goncalves from “Quinta dos Santos Padres”,  (missing only Manuel Monteiro from “Casa D'Agua”), we explore the grandiosity of the Douro Wine Region ...

Per Karlsson, a wine and travel blogger (BK Wine Tours), has submitted the following post to participate in the GWC - International Guest Blogger Contest:

A brief introduction to an exciting wine region in Portugal

Victoria Watts, a Travel Blogger from London, has submitted the following post to participate in the GWC - International Guest Blogger Contest:

Why Stories taste better: A Lesson for bingers from Douro Valley

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