Let’s look at the three most popular regions and some of the best vineyards to visit in each.
This is a fantastic place for a meal. The restaurant at Quinta de la Rosa overlooks the Douro River and I think it may be one of the loveliest places I have ever had lunch.
Quinta de la Rosa
Quinta da Pacheca also has a beautiful location and some fantastic whites. This quinta offers a range of ways to experience its wine. Guided winery tours and tastings in Portuguese and English are available with and without cheese.
Quinta da Pacheca
Quinta do Seixo offers a range of tasting experiences. Choose to taste just tawnies, combine tawnies and DOC wines or take a tour and sample 2 or 3 DOC wines. Picnics in the vineyard are also available.
Quinta do Seixo
Their vines have an average age of 45 years and the grapes produced include touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta barroca, tinta roriz, tinto cão, tinta amarela and more.
Quinta Casa Amarela
Dirk Niepoort is known as one of the most exciting winemakers in the Douro Valley. I suggest seeing if you can try some of his wines at a restaurant in the Douro or you’ll be sure to find Niepoort wines at some of the great wine shops in cities like Lisbon.
One of the best-known wineries in the region is Cartuxa. It is possible to visit their estate on the Quinta de Valbon. This light airy modern restaurant and bar is a great place to do some wine tasting and the food is wonderful.