The Duoro River carves a winding path through the valley’s lush landscape. Your boat chugs upstream, passing the vast stretches of vines and traditional quintas which line the riverbanks. The views are astounding, and the wine’s not bad either.
There’s no better way to experience the valley’s beauty than from the water. Hop aboard a restored 1950’s wooden boat for a picturesque pleasure cruise, where you’ll enjoy a glass (or two) with a view and learn about local producers from the onboard skipper. The Douro River is the life blood of this region which, although renowned for port, also produces some unique table and sparkling wines.
After lunch, set off on a guided tour of some of the area’s most renowned wine estates, known locally as quintas. Be prepared to taste top quality reds, whites and ports while learning about the age-old processes of pruning, grafting, tying and harvesting from your hosts.
Then head back through the terraced mountains to your hotel and select the perfect sunset accompaniment from the inevitably extensive wine list.