My first tour in Douro valley
This is the story of my first tour in Douro Valley. The story that will stay for me as the first step to my personal recovery after the crises of 2008.
Three intense days on a program whose main theme was the wine and the Douro. A planned and adjusted program with my customers on a circuit made specially for them, as I like.
Morning pick-up at Régua
I picked them on the railway station at Régua on April 22th. The train from Porto arrived slightly late at 11:15 am. It was a rush to Quinta do Vallado. We were expected for a visit to the winery, a wine tasting, followed by a fantastic lunch in the hotel premises.
At the end of lunch and already with another appointment booked for visit, now to Quinta do Crasto, I decided to do the hard way. Just along the right side of the Douro river. So we could enjoy the wonderful and stunning viewpoint of São Leonardo de Galafura.
Quinta do Crasto
The guided tour in Quinta do Crasto was a highlight of a day full of emotions, flavors and winding roads through the vineyards. We were fortunate to be the only ones present in the visit and wine tasting. Which has enabled my clients a more direct contact with this traditional Douro Quinta .
At the end of a strenuous day I left my clients in their hotel in Pousada Visconde Chanceleiros.
Second day of wine tasting
On the second day I pick them in the hotel for the first visit of the day at Quinta de La Rosa. Near the village of Pinhão.
We barely finished and we went to Casal de Loivos. Another magnificent viewpoint where you can watch the Douro River flanked by some of the most notable and emblematic Quintas on the outskirts of Pinhão. Quinta das Carvalhas, Quinta de Ventozelo, Quinta da Roeda, Quinta do Bonfim and many others.
Lunch at DOC
We had time for lunch scheduled for DOC restaurant and we decided to take a walk on the pedestrian route in Casal de Loivos. We were lucky because the owner of Quinta do Jalloto that is taking its first steps in eno-tourism was at the site and guided us on a visit to is small Quinta. Enabling to my customers come into contact with this great reality of Douro smallholders.
End of tour
Last Quinta we visited after the always exciting lunch at DOC was the Quinta do Panascal. Home of traditional and fantastic Port wines from the house Fonseca Guimaraes.
For the last day, we had planned a tour in a Rabelo boat on the course from Pinhão to Tua river. Unfortunately we were betrayed by the April rain that just gave us some tolerance three days later.
We had to change the program and ended up where we started, in the Douro Museum at Régua .
I changed a lot my tours since this first one. I think I’m far better now. More small places where almost nobody go. Out from tourist radars like Torto Valley.