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The trip to Porto can introduce you to some of the favorite Porto sights and locals. Embark on a trip to the heart of Portugal’s wine country and explore the city of Porto to discover the region at its busiest. Wander the vertiginous streets winding upwards from the banks of the Duoro River and you can experience the generosity and fine manners of the Portuenses (that’s a slightly less colloquial term for the locals).
During the trip, you will stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.
Arrive in the heart of Porto and discover Vila Nova de Gaia. Separated from Porto by the sweeping Douro River, this bustling town is the true home of port production - the perfect place to kick off your trip with a tour of the ageing cellars and a tasting of fine wines.
Today, you’ll head to the vineyards in the midst of their harvest and, after a wine tasting with the vintners and a lunch of local delicacies paired with classic Portuguese wines, you’ll take part in the grape treading part of the wine-making process; your contribution to the year’s harvest!
Porto and the Douro Valley are most famous for the production of port wine. Whilst the Douro does produce table wines - a range of reds and even some whites - it is the production of port for which the region is most well-known.
Port is perhaps the world’s most famous fortified wine and one of the most famous sweet wines. Generally enjoyed as a dessert wine, though also produced as a dry wine, port can be red, white, tawny or even rosé. Like champagne, port can only be produced around Porto, in the Douro Valley and is produced in several styles.
The final day of your trip is yours to explore Porto. The city reveals its magical secrets as you wander its charming streets, taking in such splendid sights as the Porto Cathedral, the gothic-style Church of Saint Francis, and the old Stock Exchange Palace.
During this wine-themed trip, you will enjoy visits to a few vineyards and cellars.
The Douro wine region extends along the Douro Valley and the valleys of its tributaries. These lands are characterized by a unique micro-climate thanks to the shelter provided by the Montemuro and Marão Mountains. The Douro can be divided into three sub-regions, Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo, and Douro Superior. Baixo Corgo, located to the far west of the region, is the coolest, most temperate and most fertile of the three sub-regions, as well as the one with the oldest vineyards. Most of the wines produced here are table wines, and are generally produced in bulk. The port wines here tend to be relatively young and early maturing.
Cima Corgo in central sub-region of the Douro is the largest in terms of vineyard acreage, and is situated around the famous village of Pinhão. Here, a warmer climate means longer-lasting wines than those made in Baixo Corgo, and some of the vineyards here are counted as the very finest in the region. Almost half of the Douro Valley’s wine comes from Cima Corgo.
Douro Superior, which stretches far out to the Spanish border in the east, has the hottest and driest climate of the three. This is where many of the Douro’s best vintage ports come from. Whilst the inaccessibility of the region makes planting vineyards difficult, viticulture in the area is expanding and more and more wine is being produced here as the years go on.
Lovers of Portuguese cuisine will feel right at home in Porto. Aside from the national favorites, which include fish, seafood, poultry, cheese, and vegetables, some Porto specialties include the Bacalhau, Francesinha, and Tripas à Moda.
Bacalhau is Cod, usually dried and salted. It’s used in a range of dishes throughout Portugal, and might be served with any number of things. It goes particularly well with Vinho Verde.
Francesinha is a sandwich which consists of wet-cured ham, fresh sausage, roasted meat (often steak) covered in melted cheese served in bread with a sauce which varies from establishment to establishment, but is often beer and tomato-based.
Tripas à Moda is a mixture of meat, sausage, white beans, and tripe.
Lisbon is about three-hours drive south of Porto and offers both amazing site seeing and a unique opportunity to try wines from all over Portugal.
The nearest airport to the location is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).