Wineries Adding Tasting Rooms & Boutique Hotels to Welcome Travelers
Wine tourism is booming in Portugal, especially in the country’s most northern region: Vinho Verde. Many of Vinho Verde’s top producers have recently renovated their wineries and surrounding estates adding boutique luxury hotels, day spas and tasting rooms to accommodate wine tourists, honeymooners, and explorers alike. These wineries are located throughout Vinho Verde’s lush countryside, some as close as an hour or so from the city of Oporto.
Vinho Verde is Portugal’s largest wine producing region. It’s located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula in northern Portugal. Known mostly for their exceptional white wines, Vinho Verde also produces smaller amounts of red, rosé and sparkling wine as well as brandy.
Quinta da Lixa’s new boutique hotel & day spa Monverde located in the historic town of Amarante offers luxury accommodations, soothing spa treatments, fine dining and wine tastings. Guests can even make their own wine right on the premises.
Soalheiro winery is one of the most prestigious in Vinho Verde. Owned and operated by the Cerdeira family for over 40 years, João Cerdeira planted the first Alvarinho vine in 1974 and bottled the first Alvarinho wine in 1982. The winery just recently finished renovations on the estate, adding a beautiful new tasting room overlooking the vineyards. Guests can enjoy a wine tasting paired with delicious smoked pork sausage from their neighboring property Quinta de Folga.
Quinta da Aveleda, one of the oldest wineries in Vinho Verde, is something out of a fairytale. Their award-winning gardens and parks—dotted with peacocks and goats and tiny little “fairy houses”—are almost as famous as their award-winning wines. Guests can schedule a tour of the grounds as well as a wine tasting and lunch on the estate.
Quinta da Calçada’s Relais & Chateaux Hotel Casa da Calçada features 1 star Michelin restaurant Largo do Paço.
And for a different travel experience, try Pousada Viana do Castelo’s history and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and sea. Part of a group of historic hotels, Viana do Castelo’s felicitous location between mountains and sea offers the best of both the ancient world and the twenty first century.
Though many Vinho Verde wineries are open to the public, most require advanced notice of any visitors. Tours, tastings, spa treatments and overnight accommodations can usually be arranged through the winery’s website.
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