Escape your routine for a few days as you embark on a memorable Portuguese culinary and wine tasting journey in the Douro Valley. Immerse yourself in the culture, marvel in the breathtaking scenery and a relaxing atmosphere. You will eat delicious food and the most aromatic wines, meet winemakers,farmers and foodies like you, while you all share travel and food experiences. The Viscounts of Vrzea, your gracious hosts, will welcome you to their home and make you feel like family. Learn all bout Portuguese cuisine, learn from farm cooks how to make it and explore all the history and tradition in this beautiful rich region of Portugal.
Family-owned and recently converted to a boutique hotel, Casa dos Viscondes da Vrzea has more than 180 hectares, divided by vineyards, olive groves and orchards, where you are free to explore at will or with the Viscountess, your gracious host.
After your arrival to Rgua's train station, you will transfer to Casa Rural Viscondes da Vrzea where you will be shown to your charming and unique accommodation. Please make yourself at home and join the Viscountess, your host, at the veranda overlooking the mountains for a welcome drink.
Transfer to the nearby city of Lamego for a food and sightseeing stroll through downtown, where you will not only see all the beautiful monuments in the city but you will also taste some of the most delicious regional delicacies.
Transfer back to Vrzea where you can enjoy dinner and the surroundings of this historic rural palace
After dinner, take the opportunity to relax in one of the rooms or the garden and soak in the atmosphere of our very unique location and laid-back Portuguese lifestyle.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Rgua where you will embark on a sailboat for a 3 hour river cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink and soak in the magnificent sights of the Douro river and the valleys that surround it.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the village, comprised of traditional petiscos (small bites) and aromatic wine.
After lunch, a fun tuktuk will pick you up at the restaurant for a 2-hour tour around Rgua and So Leonardo da Galafura, where you will be able to enjoy the countryside and the belvederes with the most breathtaking views.
After the tour, you can have some free time to visit the Port Wine Museum to taste some wine or enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants. We will provide our best suggestions.
Once you are ready to return to Vrzea, a transfer will be ready to pick you up and drive you back to your charming accommodation.
Following breakfast you will be picked-up at the hotel by a van to go on an excursion through the most magnificent and historic sights of the Douro Valley. Visit small historic villages, vineyards and ancient monuments.
Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the most traditional restaurants in the region, famous for its succulent wood oven roasted kid goat with roasted potatoes. A must-try dish!
You will also visit family-owned vineyards, meet the winemakers and taste their most prestigious and fragrant wines with regional delicacies.
This evening dinner will be in Vrzea (al fresco or by the fireplace depending on the weather) so you can relax and take a well-deserved rest from a day filled with fun and informative activities.
Following breakfast you will go straight to one of the old kitchens in this rural palace to learn from the cook how to make three most traditional Portuguese dishes. This class can be as hands-on as you would like and after lunch you will all enjoy lunch in the kitchen, comprised of the dishes that you have just learned how to make
Sadly, after lunch this cooking vacation has come to an end!
Located in the heart of the Douro Valley, near the monumental city of Lamego this rural palace is surrounded by a magnificent landscape where nature blends with Romanesque and Gothic-Manueline architectural styles.
Traversing the emblazoned gates of Quinta da Vrzea, we immediately feel the magic of a place that is poised to provide unforgettable moments and life-lasting memories.