Best Wineries in the Douro Valley 1

With Douro becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe for wine lovers, we have done some research and selected the best wineries (quintas) in the region. Here are our best picks to offer you great views but also great wine experiences.

1. Quinta das Carvalhas is one of the most emblematic properties in the Douro Valley, having celebrated 260 years of existence and uninterrupted activity in the service of Port wine. The estate, with its 120 hectars of vineyards, enjoys a privileged position on the left bank of the Douro river, in Pinhão. The oldest vines are a post-phylloxera plantation and represent one of the richest selection of ancient indigenous Douro varieties.

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At Quinta das Carvalhas it is possible to enjoy wine tastings and appreciate the breathtaking views on a sightseeing bus, a walking tour or through a “birdwatching” program. Tours provide the possibility of visiting the iconic Round House, located at 550 metres on the top of the mountain, with a panoramic 360º view. A vintage tour takes you on a visit of the estate accompanied by an Agricultural Engineer who wil explain the whole scenario and its history. 

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2. Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of exceptional beauty in the heart of the Douro valley owned by Amorim family since 1999. The family entered into the wine business more than 250 years ago, when they started to export the cork. The property and the ancient cellars have been passed down from father to son and are now in the hands of the 4th generation of the family.

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At Quinta Nova visitors can try the unique experience of creating their own wine: the activity begins with the monitoring of the winemaking process and the blending, followed by bottling, corking and labelling. Also, it’s possible to spend one day during the special time of the harvest and participate in the work of the vineyard and the winery. Wine tours include visits of the winery and the underground cellars and wine tastings overlooking the river.

The Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House, the 1st wine hotel in Portugal, is a renovated 19th century manor house offering 11 charming rooms with a panoramic view on the vineyard and river with all the comforts that a family-run stay can offer. The Conceitus Winery Restaurant is run by Chef José Pinto who develops its cuisine to enhance perfectly the wines of the property.

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3. Quinta da Pacheca is one of the most famous estates in the Douro region and also one of the first to bottle wine under its own name. They pride themselves in the production of fine port wines but also many experimental wines with unusual grapes for the region such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

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Quinta da Pacheca offers amazing visits of the winery and guided wine tastings, food tastings with chocolate and regional products, wine courses, bike tours, picnics and other outdoor activities. Joining the harvest team is another unique experience that you will remember forever.

Quinta da Pacheca’s Hotel Ex Libris, an 18th century manor house, was awarded in 2015 in the category of “Accommodations” in the world contest “Best of Wine Tourism”. The Wine House Hotel’s restaurant is worth a visit on its own for an authentic gastronomic experience: the menu is designed in order to respect the traditional Portuguese cuisine and in fact it blends wisely local products with virtuous inspiration.

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4. Founded in 1588, Quinta da Roeda is the oldest firm still active today as a Port wine producer. The company is renowned above all for its Vintage Ports as well as for its range of wood aged reserves and tawnies, refined in their style by skills and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Croft Port is one of the most distinguished of all Port houses.
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Quinta da Roeda offers tastings of Croft port wines, guided tours of the vineyard and the winery. During the harvest you can also enjoy the exceptional experience of treading the grapes in the ‘lagares’, the granite tanks in which the wine is made (advance booking required).

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5. Quinta de la Rosa is a family-owned estate in the region of the Douro that produces high quality ports and olive oil. Starting in the early 1990s, the Bergqvist family is considered one of the pioneers in the production of red wine in the Douro region. The estate's wines, both red and white, have won many awards throughout the years and are now sold in many prestigious restaurants and wine stores around the world. 

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At Quinta de la Rosa you can book guided tours to the wine estate and wine tasting experiences and you can finish your visit with a lunch or dinner in one of the terraces overlooking the river.

Guests can now choose between staying in the original Quinta house, soaking up the atmosphere of the house history or in the Quinta’s specifically designed vineyard accommodation.


6. Quinta do Crasto enjoys a prominent location within the Douro region and dates far back in time (the name Crasto comes from the Latin word “castrum” referring to a “Roman fort”). One of the greatest prizes was obtained in 2008 when the international magazine Wine Spectator awarded Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2005 as the third best wine in the world that year.

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Quinta do Crasto offers a wide range of enotourism activities specially tailored for each guest. Programmes include guided tours of the estate, vineyards, and cellars, port wine tasting and meals with stunning view, all of which can be combined with boat trips on the Douro River. 

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If you want to try one of the most original and educational tours in the region you can take the audio-tour along the vineyards and the wineries, and enjoy the beautiful landscape while being informed about what you are seeing. 

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8. The name and the history of Quinta do Pôpa are the symbol of Francisco Ferreira's dream, better known as "Pôpa", who has always wished to own a farm in one of the best locations in the oldest wine region in the world. His son achieved this dream by purchasing small plots of land and creating a real farm which he named "Pôpa" to pay a tribute to his father. Today his grandchildren continue the project with the support and the great experience of the oenologist Luis Pato.
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Quinta do Pôpa provides some of the best wine experiences in the Douro region. Enjoy a wine estate guided tour, wine tasting, wine pairing, regional products tasting, wine blending, wine brunch, picnic in the vineyard and meals.

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9. Quinta do Seixo offers a stunning breathtaking view over the Douro river. The most ancient vineyards are over 100 years old and represent a precious heritage of many traditional Douro grape varieties that still resist to the most severe conditions and temperatures, producing unique and top quality wines.

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Quinta do Seixo offers a vast range of activities for its guests such as the classic tour, vintage tour, vineyard visits and vineyard picnic.

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10. Quinta do Vallado is without any doubt one of the places to visit in the Douro Valley. A new cellar was built in 2009 combining the most advanced technology with a top-quality architecture. 

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The estate offers wine tasting experiences and multiple activities such as walks, bicycle rides, boat trips, fishing sessions, picnics, cooking classes and wine tastings.
Quinta do Vallado can host guests in its renowned wine hotel offering 13 rooms, positioned in the manor house and in the new wing.
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