The Douro Region dominates the Portuguese winners with 3 producers, W&J Graham’s, Quinta do Noval and Taylor Fladgate, the Vinho Verde region is once again on the list with Quinta de Soalheiro and the Bairrada region with Luis Pato.

A wine region is an admirable and seductive scenery for any kind of sports competition and the excellent nectars produced there are a sign of quality, whose promotion can be conveyed through different types of sports.

A sublime example of this connection was, decades ago, Rali de Portugal/Vinho do Porto.

The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ People’s Choice Award is an offshoot of the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards.  The accolade, created in 2018, gives wine tourists from all over the world the opportunity to vote for their favorite wine tourism experience from among the latest winners of a prestigious ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award.

What are the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards?

Winner of the Great Wine Capitals Best Wine Tourism Award in the Wine Tourism Service category, EcoTours Portugal is a company that organises a series of experiences across various regions of Portugal.

This company runs some programmes to the Douro Valley that can last up to 3 days, enabling you to enjoy this region with many possibilities, including visits to wineries, historical monuments, Douro River cruise, wine tastings and a taste the delicious local cuisine.

I went on the one-day Douro Cruise experience, and got to see a few different sites in that region:


The luxury wine hotel was one of the big winners of the awards from the British magazine World of Fine Wine, winning the “Best Regional Wine List in the World”, “Best Regional Wine List in Europe”, “Three-Star Wine List” and “Jury Prize”.

She lives in Ovar where she is also a very successful lawyer. She is stubborn, persistent, dedicated to what she does and has an amazing energy, taking everything by storm. But she has another feature so typical of her: she is extremely friendly and polite, always ready to help and has the ability to get along with everyone around her, making new friends quite easily. Married with two daughters, she is short in stature and still has a girlish face, always with a broad, infectious smile and she is a lot of fun.

Museu & Enoteca 17.56

Real Companhia Velha’s Museum (Museu da 1ª Demarcação- Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World), First Demarcated and Regulated Region of the World, has the mission of sharing with the general public the precious documentary and art collection, collected and preserved for more than 260 years, in line with the centuries-old history of a region today recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Caves Santa Marta

Caves Santa Marta is a Cooperative founded in 1959 in Santa Marta de Penaguião along EN2, in line with the tourism development plan of this Route approved by Turismo de Portugal. You can visit the old distillery of Casa do Douro, turned into a museum, with permanent exhibition of wine themes, featuring utensils linked to production, farming, old documents and a tasting room. 

The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca

On their first visit to Quinta da Pacheca, even before its acquisition, the current owners envisioned the possibility of sleeping in giant barrels as soon as they entered the estate's aging Port wine cellar and became dazzled with the size of the existing vats. From this idea to the first sketches it only took a few months, in full tune with the architect Henrique Pinto came the first sketches of what would become the current Wine Barrel's by Quinta da Pacheca.


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