The Douro Valley is an 18th century demarcated wine region encompassing one of the most spectacular landscapes in Portugal. The old vineyard terraces you see were built entirely by hand out of schist, a metamorphic rock prevalent in the region. These amazing man-made creations commingle with quintas – wine-producing estates that were once the exclusive property of one powerful port wine producing family.
Your first stop will be charming Amarante, home to many artists and writers and the ideal place for a short walk past the town hall, Roman bridge and São Gonçalo Church.
We then continue our scenic drive towards Peso da Régua, where you visit a local winery and learn more about port wine history and its production methods. At the property's wine lodge you can sample the wines they produce and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Portuguese cuisine.
After lunch, relax and absorb the Douro region's special character before we drive back to the pier.