Imagine: a mixture of Tuscany and Wachau. Gently rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, olive groves and orange trees, with a lovely, meandering green river Douro. This area offers the perfect conditions for the production of the famous port wine. In the Douro region, delicacies of all kinds are created. Not only wine lovers get their money’s worth, but also a large variety of delights are made here, for example cheese, almonds, olives and oranges.
Elena, too, has recently travelled in this magic UNESCO World Heritage river landscape: Check out her food lover post about the city of Porto and follow her on a road trip through Douro valley!
Train ride into the Douro Valley: From Peso da Regua to Pinhao.
During the train ride from Pocinho to Piñhao, we are already able to see the big names of the port wineries in the hills to the left and right of the train. I cannot wait to visit them and learn more about the specific production process of port wines (and of course to check out the quality myself 😉 ).
The train takes us to Piñhao, where our enthusiastic guide Álvaro teaches us all there is to know about the sparse soil of the region that forms the perfect foundation for the powerful, sweet grapes of the port wine.
A little bit above the town of Peso da Regua is the winery “Quinta do Vallado“. We learned more about their wine production during our visit here. At the tasting that followed, it was particularly the port wine with its fine smoky notes that convinced me!
Apart from the numerous “Quintas” wine estates which you can visit around the river, there are also some cultural highlights, such as the Museu do Douro. This is where our dinner is set and where we also met Álvaro again. 🙂
However, at some point, we had to leave this great place and after a fun bus ride we arrived at another breathtaking hotel, the “Douro Scala“. For me, it is the last in a range of great accommodation during this journey through Portugal, because unfortunately I had to leave the following day to go back home to Austria.
If you would like to know more about what to do around Peso da Regua, be sure to check out my final blog post in a series of “sunny entries” from Portugal. What a trip!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by “Douro e Estrela” to join their trip through Douro and Serra da Estrela in Portugal. All opinions are my own.