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The Best Wine Hotels & Wine Experiences in Portugal

By We Love Small Hotels | 29 September 2017

The Portuguese wines are part of the Portuguese heritage and have contributed to the birth of wine tourism, bringing the wine culture closer to travellers. Take a look at some of the most beautiful and inspiring wine hotels in Portugal and some of its unique wine experiences:

In the North of Portugal, discover the Vinho Verde and Douro regions

  • Solar Egas Moniz Charm House – this beautiful boutique hotel is in Penafiel, between Porto and the Douro region. This house is in the Romanesque Route close to the Vinho Verde land, where you can experience Quinta da Aveleda Winery. Try the unique “vinho verde” and visit this winery. We recommend that you try the wine tasting with the cheese produced here.
  • Quinta da Pacheca Wine Hotel – This wine hotel is located in the middle of the Douro vineyards. Have a unique wine experience here: visit the winery with a wine tasting and a picnic in the vineyards.
  • Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel – Visit this wine cellar and winery in this splendorous wine hotel, learn the basic techniques about wine and do a guided visit and wine tasting.
  • Vintage House Douro – With the Douro River by its side, experience the true Douro region. This boutique hotel is also connected with outstanding wine flavours. Don’t leave the area without experiencing a boat tour.

South of Portugal, Alentejo region

  • Torre de Palma Wine Hotel – in the middle of Alentejo wine land you will find this Wine Hotel (member of Design Hotels) where you meet design with true wine experiences. Visit the wine cellar, winery and vineyards. Then end up in a small old cuisine with a traditional wood-fired oven with a unique gastronomic experience with the Chef.
  • Pateo dos Solares – this charm Hotel in Estremoz offers the perfect location to try the best wines of the region, near some of the best wine producers of the South of Portugal like João Portugal Ramos, Herdade das Servas and Tiago Cabaço Wineries.

Check these tours for an immersive experience through Portuguese wines:

Some history about the Portuguese wine

Before Portugal representing the country it is today, wine was already part of the country history. Belonging to most Western civilizations, wine represents, in the days we live, one of the oldest drinks and is a source of legends and phrases as "God’s gift" and "blood of Christ."

From the time of the Phoenicians, passing the Romans, through the time of the Portugal Discoveries to the present day, wine has always been present in the history of Portugal. The Romans were the people who most encouraged the cultivation of the vineyard and later, the Discoveries came to trigger the awakening of this product that has been introduced in the four corners of the world.

In the 19th century, wine was already part of the diet and in the 20th century wine and vineyard regulation began. The regions of the Douro (by the famous Port wine and table wines), Madeira, Setúbal (Moscatel), Carcavelos, Dão, Colares and Vinho Verde (unique in the world) were demarcated.

Currently, Portugal represents a strong producer of table wines with more than 285 types of grape varieties that are normally harvested in September, the month in which grape harvesting takes place, a well-known Portuguese tradition.

The Portuguese wines and the demarcated regions are part of the Portuguese heritage and, besides representing the wine industry, have contributed to the birth of wine tourism, a type of tourism that presents a positive growth and brings the wine culture closer to consumers.