There aren’t many things that are better than waking up on a mountaintop to look down into the Douro Valley where you can see the river winding its way through the lush green vineyards while you breathe in the pure, fresh, and clean air in anticipation of a day filled with discovering Portuguese wines paired with delicious local meals. Here are three of the best wine hotels in Portugal to live out your fantasies.
Having the opportunity to speak with the Vineyard’s owners and meeting the simple people that make some of the world’s finest nectars. Maybe even taking part in stepping on some grapes, if you are bold enough. I know that I will be making my own wine!
This complete guide to Portugal’s Best Wine Hotels, features the most authentic properties in the Douro Valley, Alentejo, and other Portuguese wine regions. It is like a wishlist for my new recent joint venture with Wine Tourism in Portugal, for whom I am Brand Ambassador and Travel Consultant. For the next year, I will be experiencing these properties, writing and photographing about what Portugal Wine Travel is all about.
In Porto, Northern Portugal, The Yeatman Hotel
This classic hotel is one that defines its destination and will provide you with an authentic experience that you’ll never forget. The city of Porto has been defined by the elegance of the Yeatman Hotel, which is a member of the Relais & Châteaux hotel group. Its restaurant who is lead by Chef Ricardo Costa has been given a Michelin Star, more proof that it should be your next wine destination.
In Funchal, Madeira, The Vine Hotel
Like good wine has a soul, so does the Vine Hotel. Constructed in 2008, the Vine Hotel won the “World’s Leading Design Hotel” Award, and boasts 79 unique and luxurious rooms. Here, you can enjoy a swim in their 360o panoramic swimming pool, gourmet dinners at the UVA, and Vino-therapy sessions. The UVA is a restaurant that offers gourmet meals under the direction of Chef Thomas Faudry, but you can also find wine served at the Pool Bar which is located on the hotel’s roof and the Lobby Lounge. Wherever you choose to please your palate, you’ll be sure to have a memorable stay at the Vine Hotel.
In Sabrosa, Douro Valley, the Quinta Nova
This is the first wine hotel that opened in Portugal, but its history goes back even farther than wine tastings. This hotel is a renovated 19th century manor located on 120 hectares of beautiful land. Since 1999, the Quinta Nova N. S. do Carmo has been owned by the Amorim family. Before 1764, the land was owned by a Portuguese Royal Family and is full of historical sites, many of which have been preserved and can be seen today including the gazebo, the creek, the cellar’s crest, three orchards, two chapels, and the stone mark of the Marquis of Pombal that is dated to 1758.
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