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Along the Wine Route in the North Portugal

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The North of Portugal produces exceptional quality wines, worthy of a distinguished and diverse cuisine. If the wine from Porto is world famous, Vinho Verde and Douro DOC are the best kept secrets in the region. Have a taste of Douro muscatel and sparkling Távora-Varosa, as well.

In September, enjoy the harvest time, and, in three or four days, come and discover the wines of northern Portugal. Follow the suggestions of routes that we propose and become an expert in wines produced in this region of Portugal.

Vinho Verde Route

The Vinho Verde  Region, which in 2008 celebrated the centenary of its demarcation, offers different routes that complement each other. From the beaches to monasteries to farm visits, whatever is your choice, you can expect an encounter with nature, with history, with traditional knowledge and, of course, with good wines and good Portuguese eating.

The stunning beauty of the Minho region is the scenery for the Vinho Verde Route, which offers three routes. The first one invites you to visit the "Three Charming Cities": Guimarães, Braga and Amarante. The second one, "Do Cávado ao Lima," takes you to Barcelos, Viana do Castelo, Ponte da Lima, Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez, localized on the banks of the Lima river. "Da Costa à Serra" is the border route to Galiza, where the charms of Caminha are unveiled, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Valença and Monção, the capital of the so appreciated Alvarinho wine.

Visit farms, mansions, houses and cooperatives and make a real trip to the riches of the past.

Stay at Carmos Boutique Hotel, in Ponte de Lima, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where you feel like you are at home. Indulge in the pleasures of this modern hotel, where the spa has a unique signature treatment: dip yourself in a bath of rejuvenating pure goat's milk. The hotel is a five minute drive from the center of the oldest town in Portugal.

Porto Wine Route

Discover the famous Port wine and the excellent table wines that are made in the Douro, the world's first wine region to be marked in 1756, and where modern wine tourism focuses wine around the environmental, cultural and gastronomic sites.

The Porto Wine Route brings together producers, wine bars, tourist facilities in rural areas, river cruise operators and restaurants, among others. In these sites, you can taste the famous wine from Porto, but also the DOC Douro, muscat and sparkling wines. The Douro Demarcated Region is divided into three loops, which we invite you to visit. In the first, "Low Corgo", you will get to know Vila Real, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Mesão Frio, Peso da Régua, Lamego and Armamar. In "Baixa Corgo", Murça, Alijó, Sabrosa, São João da Pesqueira and Tabuaço are waiting to reveal the best they have to you. Finally, in "Douro Superior," visit Vila Flor, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Torre de Moncorvo, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Mêda and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

The harvest is the most important and lively event in all of Douro Valley. The work is simultaneously a party for the people of the Douro. In the lagaradas, the concertina is played and singing takes place, setting the pace for the traditional crushing of the grapes by bare feet.

The Pacheca Wine House Hotel in Lamego is a 51-acre farm full of vineyards stretching down to the Douro river and is an excellent choice for those looking for thrilling experiences, in scenarios with soul and history the main building is a typical eighteenth-century house whose traditional architecture was maintained. Being a boutique hotel designed for gastronomic and wine tourism, wine is always highlighted.

The Douro gastronomy complements the Porto wine and increasingly-rated Douro table wines, especially traditional goat, maronesa meat and sausages.

Cister Vineyards Route

If you enjoy fine wines, do not leave the north of Portugal without having tasted the DOC Távora-Varosa wine, made at the feet of the slopes of the Nave mountain, in a small area between Paiva and Távora rivers, located north of the Beiras and bordering the Douro.

This region where the cultivation of the vine goes back to the Roman occupation, even though it was mainly developed by the monks of Cister, is very relevant in the production of sparkling wines. In it, white varieties dominate: Malvasia Fina, Cerceal, Gouveio or Chardonnay. The most planted red varieties are Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Pinot Noir.

The  Cister Vineyards Route runs and merges with the demarcated region of Távora-Varosa, in whose vineyards are born some of the best Portuguese sparkling, aromatic and fruity table wines, whether white or red. Save time, therefore, to also get to know the region at the table.

Here, there are two routes at your disposition. The first "The path of the monasteries," will take you through Lamego, Armamar, Cimbres. Ucanha. If you prefer, you still have the script "Between vineyards and chestnuts" where you can get to know Moimenta da Beira, Fonte Arcada, Tabuaço, Serra da Lapa, Sernancelhe and Lamego better. Why not do both?

In Porto and the North of Portugal you will get to know the best wines that are produced in the country. Accompany them with wonderful northern cuisine. And why not participate in the experience of the grape harvest? We guarantee that you will not regret it and will be an unforgettable experience that you will want to repeat. Contact us so that we help you to prepare this visit in detail.

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