Vineyards and Barrel Huts at Quinta da Pacheca

Portugal and the Douro Valley

Here are a few things you should know during your next trip to Portugal and the Douro Valley – The Douro is one of the most famous Wine Regions of Portugal. It is the home of Port; this region of pure soils and great sunshine days is renowned for its amazing fortified wines, as well as delicious, rich red wines and complex whites. 


The Douro Region experiences long summers and little rainfall making it hard for winemakers to manage their vineyards, nevertheless, a variety of top-quality wines originate from the Douro. It is one of the last major wine regions to still resort to foot pressing large quantities of grapes. Lots of wineries use this tradition as a tourist attraction, where visitors can come and experience the foot pressing themselves.  

The vineyards at the Douro are situated on steep slopes, which can sometime limit machine harvesting, increasing the prices of the wine. The pure schist retains the heat well and is filled with important nutrients.  

The Douro Region is home to some of the most well-known Portuguese grape varieties, such as: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz – red grapes. Some less well-known but very high-quality white varieties are Gouveio, Viosinho and Malvasia Fina.

The one downside of the Douro Valley is the shortage of rain during the summer months, this means that vines must dig deep in search of water. Whilst this can be a pain for winemakers, it allows for a longer ripening season, and consequently more complex wines.  


Why not take a day to drive up to the Vinho Verde Region and Porto? Find out more about Porto, Bordeaux and the Vinho Verde Region

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