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2 Days Cooking and Wine Tasting Holiday in Douro Valley, Portugal

Quinta do Vallado, Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. Vilarinho dos Freires, Peso da Régua - 5050364, Portugal

Traditional Cooking and Wine Holiday in Portugal

Looking for a culinary vacation in Portugal? Then join Quinta do Vallado as they take you through a meaningful journey to explore Portugal's local and national cuisine and finest wines. Learn to cook traditional Portugese dishes under the guidance of a chef in a relaxed atmosphere and visit one of the region's most advanced wineries and taste a wide range of wines, including whites, reds and ports.


  • 1 cooking class
  • Wine tasting session
  • Learn to cook a special menu "Xisto"
  • Taste Vallado wines including whites, reds and ports
  • Visit one of the region's most advanced wineries
  • 4-course meal accompanied with wine
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner


1 days with instruction in Portuguese
The organizer also speaks: English, French
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$164 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

You will have two options for accommodation either you can choose to stay in Quinta do Vallado wine hotel or stay in Casa do Rio which is Quinta do Vallado's new property.

Quinta do Vallado wine hotel

Since 2005, Quinta do Vallado can host guests in its renowned wine hotel. Guests are presented with the opportunity to stay at the Manor House, once belonging to Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, built in 1733 and recently refurbished. In addition, a new building was concluded in 2012. This new wing, built mainly out of slate, the predominant material in the region's soil, was designed by Arq. Francisco Vieira de Campos.

As a whole, Quinta do Vallado offers 13 rooms, 5 in the Manor House and 8 in the New Wing. All rooms and suites are equipped with A/C, TV, and Wi-Fi access. The estate has a stunning swimming pool and offers multiple activities such as walks, bicycle rides, boat trips, fishing sessions, picnics, cooking classes, and wine tastings. The hotel provides a parking lot free of charge. A transfer service can be arranged, to and from the airport, if booked before hand.

You can choose to stay in 18-century style superior and master suite in the manor house or 21-century style new wing suite and standard rooms.

Casa do Rio

The owners decided to create an extension of Quinta do Vallado's wine hotel, in Regua - having built Casa do Rio, in this new property - with only 6 suites, strategically located between the vineyards and the river and with an outstanding view to the Douro Valley. The construction materials had to be environment "friendly", this is why they decided towards a building solely made of wood - and "suspended" - placed just above the water line, where an ancient orange orchard still exists.

The project was made by the same architect responsible for Quinta do Vallado's Hotel and Winery - Francisco Vieira de Campos. Recently, the hotel was recognized for having the finest "Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices" in the Porto and Douro Region. The honor came as part of the Best of Wine Tourism Awards of 2016. Guests will have a unique experience surrounded by nature, and in addition to the accommodation, meals are available, as well as wine tastings and all sorts of land and river activities.

In this hotel, you can choose to stay in either the Quarto Deluxe Room or Suite.

Please note the Wine Hotel at Quinta do Vallado and Casa do Rio are located in two distinct locations, separated by over 100 kilometers.


In this culinary program, you will learning to cook delicious traditional Portugese meals and visit Quinta do Vallado famous cellar and taste their diverse range of wines.


Quinta do Vallado's 70 hectares of vineyards are for the most planted in south and west facing slopes of slate soil, excellent for an optimum ripening of the grapes, taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate. Two thirds of the vineyards are planted in terraces with a single row of vines, pruned according to the double cordon system.

The dominant varieties are, in reds, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Barroca, Tinta Amarela and Sousão, and in whites, Viosinho, Rabigato, Moscatel, Verdelho (Gouveio) and Arinto.

The old vines follow the ground lines and are planted in continuous rows distanced 1.2 meter, with 1 meters between each plant. They consist of a field blend of more than 40 varieties, the predominant ones being Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Barroca and Touriga Franca.

Wine tour and tastings

You will be taking a journey deep into the heart of the Douro Valley. This will be an immersive experience in the world's oldest demarcated wine region. You will have a chance to visit one of the region's most advanced wineries, where they can witness state of the art technology and jaw-dropping architecture.

You will be taken through all the processes grapes are subject to, from harvest to bottle. Visits also include a tour of the barrique cellar, where the best wines are aging. At the end of the tour, you'll enjoy a tasting of a wide range of Vallado wines, including whites, reds and ports.

Cooking class

Participants will learn some of the secrets in a typical Portuguese meal, guided by a chef/instructor in a relaxed atmosphere.The chef teaches you how to prepare an entree, a fish dish or a meat dish and a dessert, giving you the experience of cooking your meal.

The freshness of the ingredients is the basis of Portuguese cuisine. During the cooking class, you will use vegetables and fruits from the vegetable gardens, Quinta do Vallado olive oil, cheeses and some sausages from the region, as well as fresh meats and fish.

Participants will also receive the recipes with the necessary portions and step-by-step of all the recipes made so that you can replicate them in your home. At the end of the class, in the final exam, you will get to enjoy the meal with the prepared dishes and a selection of excellent wines.

You can choose between menu of vegetables in tempura, garden greens –“ Peixinhos da Horta”, ovenbaked cod fish, corn bread crust, potatoes, sauteed turnip sprouts or stewed Iberian Porc, sweet potatoes puré, vegetables from the garden, Orange Carpaccio, 10-year old Porto wine sauce, and chocolate shavings.

In this program, you will be learning to cook and later have menu Xisto which includes 1 starter, 1 fish main course, 1 meat main course, and 1 desert accompanied with Vallado wines.


This culinary holiday will take place in Peso da Régua, in the district of Vila Real in the Douro valley in Portugal.



  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tour assistance


During your stay, you will be provided with a buffet breakfast. After the cooking lesson, you will get to enjoy your four course creations accompanied with Vallado wines. You will also be provided fruit and wine in your rooms.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

During this holiday, you will be able to enjoy a one-hour spa session.

What's included

  • 1 menu Xisto cooking class
  • 1 four-course meal with wine
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to the cellar
  • 1-hour spa session
  • Use of the bicycle
  • Fruit and wine in the room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation

What's not included

  • Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). The transfer from and to the airport is available and the price is 140 EUR each way for maximum 4 people. Transfer for 8 people is 180 EUR.

Drining directions from Porto for Quinta do Vallado

  • Highway A4 towards Vila Real.
  • Exit 23 - A24 towards Viseu.
  • Exit 11 - N2 headed towards Régua.
  • Head straight at the first roundabout.
  • At the second roundabout, follow directions towards Quinta do Vallado.

Driving directions from Lisbon for Quinta do Vallado

  • Highway A1 headed North.
  • Exit 13 - IP3 towards Viseu.
  • Proceed on IP3 until merging onto A24.
  • Exit 10 - N313 headed towards Alto Douro Vinhateiro.
  • At the crossroad, head right towards Régua.
  • At the first roundabout, take the first exist towards Vila Real (A24).
  • Cross the bridge and at the roundabout take the 1st exit.
  • At the second roundabout, follow directions towards the estate.

Driving directions from Porto to Casa do Rio

  • Highway A4 towards Vila Real.
  • Exit 27 - IC5 headed towards Alijó.
  • Exit 10 - IP2 headed towards Guarda.
  • At the roundabout take the 1st exit towards V. N. Foz Côa.
  • Exit 12 - N102 headed towards V. N. Foz Côa.
  • At the roundabout take the 1st exit towards Castelo Melhor (N222)
  • At km marker 213, access road to Casa do Rio.

Driving directions from Lisbon to Casa do Rio

  • Highway A1 headed North.
  • Exit 7 - A23 headed towards Castelo Branco.
  • Exit 36 - A25, direction Bragança.
  • Exit 8A - IP2, headed towards Bragança.
  • Exit 12 - N102 headed towards V. N. Foz Côa.
  • At the roundabout take the 1st exit towards Castelo Melhor (N222)
  • At km marker 213, turn left towards the access road to Casa do Rio.

Arrival by train/ferry

For Casa do Rio, please get down at the stop at Estação do Pocinho, where you'll find a taxi stop. Take the taxi to Casa do Rio.

Arrival by shuttle

In the case of Casa do Rio, subject to availabillity, Casa do Rio may offer guests a shuttle service to the following locations:

  • Entrance to the estate at national road N222 (Free)
  • Pocinho Railway Station (40 EUR return trip)
  • Vila Nova de Foz Côa (25 EUR return trip)


Quinta do Vallado

  • N 41º 9’ 44.5’’
  • W 7º 45’ 58.2’’

Casa do Rio

  • N 41º 3’ 51.768’’
  • W 7º 5' 26.491’’
Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$164 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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This vacation is available all year round, for the packages in Quinta do Vallado, please select an arrival date below.


Low season


  • January 19 - March 24
  • November 1 - December 28


High season


  • March 25 - August 31
  • October 1 - October 31


Special season


  • September 1 - September 30
  • December 29 - January 1


For the packages in Casa do Rio, please select an arrival date below.


High season


  • March 27 - October 31


Low season


  • November 1 - December 28



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