Douro Valley Tour, the sublimed Douro. The prodigy of a landscape….It’s not about the panorama before our eyes, it’s simple an excess of nature… a geological poeme. It’s absolute beauty.”, this how Miguel Torga – one of the greatest twentieth century portuguese poets – describes the Douro Valley.
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel/Apartment, Oporto|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||9:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.|
Alto Douro Vinhateiro is known as the oldest demarcated wine region in the world where the Douro River did its “work” digging deep valleys in the earth, while the schist mountains were transformed by the man who planted the vineyard, green in the summer, fire color in autumn.
A wisdom inherited from many generations, tilting the terraces so that the rays of sun embrace the vines and give the grapes the warmth that the wine needs, making this territory and especially its wines known all over the world.
In Amarante historical center, will witness several examples of Romanesque architecture and middle age buildings, along the Saint Goncalo bridge you can enjoy some of the most touristic points of the city such as the Saint Goncalo Church and Convent, the Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso Museum as well as the XVIII century bridge that joins the banks of the Tamega river, the largest tributary of the Douro river.
On the weekends everywhere we see vendors selling the Saint Gonçalo local sweets with a phallic appearance, causing curiosity and laughter, even the name of this “weird” local sweet makes people laugh… they are popularly called “quilhõezinhos de S. Gonçalo”. Theres a long tradition in Amarante that says that in saint Gonçalo celebrations (June), young people offer those sweets to the girls they want to conquer.
In this Palace or Manor was “created” the famous Mateus Rose wine, known worldwide as the rose wine or even, by the shape of the bottle, a mansion of Baroque architecture built in the XVIII century by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, undoubtedly one of the most elegant mansions in Europe in this period, one of the biggest attractions a fantasist garden, with formations and rows of hedges, carved statues and a harmonious cypress side walk.
Casal de Loivos - View
Next we visit the Pinhao train station where the 24 tile panels show us the old artisanal way of winemaking in this region World heritage Site by UNESCO since 2001, being the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, established in the 10th of September of 1756 by the Portuguese Prime Minister at the time, Mr. Marquis de Pombal.
Optional Boat Ride
Navigating the calm waters of the Douro River admiring the magnificent landscapes carved by some Master of the Renascence is indeed a unique and unforgettable experience.
Visit and Tasting
The choice of the winery will be exclusively from Walkborder, in case you wish to visit a specific winery, the change can be done according with the schedule, but in this the payment will be done by the costumer.