10 of the most charming stays in vineyards and wine hotels in Portugal

10 of the most charming stays in vineyards and wine hotels in Portugal

Azores Wine Company - one of the most beautiful wine hotels in Portugal

Azores Wine Company – one of the most beautiful wine hotels in Portugal

For a country that has the oldest demarcated wine region in the world (the Douro, which dates back to 1756), wine tourism in Portugal is still in its infancy. But that’s rapidly changing with acclaimed historic wineries adding rooms to tempt you to stay longer – alongside many new ones, reshaping Portugal’s Epicurean landscape. The Douro, traditionally a port wine region, is now winning prizes for table wines, while in the Atlantic mists, on the tiny island of Pico, Azorean wine is turning heads. For those who want to get under the skin of Portugal, there are few better – or more interesting – ways to explore it than through its wines. From the cool and verdant north to the sunny Algarve, through the vast plains of Alentejo, where whitewashed medieval villages crown every hill, these are the glorious wineries to stop and explore the bounty of the region.

The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman is set among the Porto wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, overlooking an attractive set of medieval houses on the Douro River. A cellar with one of the most complete collections of Portuguese wines (with tastings available daily) gives you a valuable overview of the national offer. Don’t miss a tour of taylor’s wine lodge next door – or a dip in the World of Wine museum for total immersion.

How to do this: The Yeatman (00 351 220 133 100; the-yeatman-hotel.com) offers double rooms from €335 (£291), including breakfast. Wine flights from €40 (£35) and wine tastings from €35 (£30). Read the full review here.

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The Yeatman, Porto - The Yeatman

The Yeatman, Porto – The Yeatman

Quinta Nova, Douro Valley

Overlooking the vineyards that descend to the wide bottle-green Douro river, Quinta Nova’s location is easily one of the most beautiful wine hotels in Portugal. You are greeted with a small 18th century chapel facing charming 19th century buildings with just a handful of rooms inside and a terrace shaded by ancient wisteria. Next door is a fascinating wine museum and cellar. Try the delicious Mirabilis white wine.

How to do this: Quinta Nova (00 351 254 730 430; quintanova.com) offers double rooms from €210 (£182), including breakfast. Tastings and tapas from €50 (£43) plus winemaker of the day from €250 (£217) or a Quinta Nova boat trip from €65 (£56). Read the full review here.

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Quinta Nova, Douro Valley

Quinta Nova, Douro Valley

River House, Douro Valley

Suspended over a small gorge and next to the magnificent Douro River, Casa do Rio is a small white wooden hotel with just eight rooms and a restaurant. The restaurant, which extends onto the wooden deck, serves excellent regional dishes such as Portuguese cod with cornbread or octopus rice. The hotel is surrounded by vineyards and an orange grove and has a swimming pool (ideal for cooling off) and a boat for exploring the river. The staff is warm and friendly.

How to do this: Casa do Rio (00 351 279 764 340; quintadovallado.com) offers double rooms from €200 (£174), including breakfast. Free tastings of wines from the Quinta do Vallado of which it is a part are held daily at 17:00 for guests. Read the full hotel review here.

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River House, Douro Valley

River House, Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley

This 19th century mansion, built in warm terracotta stone, sits at the end of a winding road beside the Douro River. While it doesn’t make its own wine, it’s a great place to learn about the vineyards around you. A ‘wine library’ is linked to the local wine museum, there are daily wine tastings, plus the possibility to plan a visit to a local winery with a hotel sommelier. But save time for the pool and spa, both are wonderful.

How to do this: Six Senses Douro Valley (00 351 254 660 600 sixsenses.com) offers double rooms from €325 (£282), including breakfast. Daily wine tastings start at €45 (£39) per person; wine library experience from €35 (£30) per person. Read the full hotel review here.

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Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Taboadella, Dão

In a landscape surrounded by rivers and mountains that protect the vineyards, this new winery pays homage to the ancestral character of the Dão region. It is made of cork and wood and flooded with natural light, while the cement vats keep the wine fresh and fresh. Once the home of a Roman villa (a natural stone mill remains), a grand house now stands here, its warm and elegant interiors offering eight bedrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Don’t miss the Taboadella Reserva Encruzado, a silky white number.

How to do this: Quinta da Taboadella (00 351 232 244 000; taboadella.com) for 18 year olds offers the house on an exclusive basis for €3,000 (£2,604) for a minimum stay of two nights. Daily wine tastings from €24 (£21) per person.

Taboadella, Dão

Taboadella, Dão

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo

Among the olive trees and oak groves of the Alentejo is this farm and winery, to which the Soares family has added a chic hotel and restaurant. Here, Michelin-starred consultant chef Joachim Koerper sets a (high) standard. More recently, Soares has converted six farm buildings of varying sizes into very elegant country houses spread across the vast estate. There are horses to ride, exquisite picnics to enjoy – and of course, wine to taste, with labels created by the children of Soares.

How to do this: Herdade da Malhadinha Nova (00 284 965 432; madeiradinhanova.pt) offers double rooms from €300 (£260) with breakfast included. There is a range of wine tastings from €12 (£10) per person, including a wine expert course at €100 (£87) per person. Read the full hotel review here.

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Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo

Malhadinha Nova, Alentejo

Morgado do Quintão, Algarve

Now in the hands of the fourth generation of the family, this winery has recently been renovated to offer three small country houses and a four-bedroom main house to tourists who wish to make it their Algarve base. Clean and fresh with period charm, some family heirlooms and an alluring pool, these homes (thankfully TV-free) revolve around a magnificent 2,000-year-old olive tree, under which farmer lunches and wine tastings are an occurrence. regular.

How to do this: Morgado do Quintão (00 351 965 202 529; morgadodoquintao.pt) has 3 bedroom chalets from €300 (£260) per night with breakfast included, with a minimum stay of three nights. Vineyard tour and tasting from €35 (£30) per person; Farmers lunches with wine pairings from €55 (£48) per person.

Morgado do Quintão, Algarve

Morgado do Quintão, Algarve

Azores Wine Company, Pico Island, Azores

In the shadow of Monte Pico, this simple but luxurious winery, with six rooms, has put the Azores on the map of Europe for wine tourists interested in getting to know the terroir of these exceptional wines, which overflow with minerality and sea flavor. The interiors are inspired by the volcanic landscape of Pico Island, with each of the rooms boasting a kitchenette and impressive (well-stocked) wine fridge. In the restaurant, local dishes such as limpets or amberjack are paired with wines.

How to do this: Azores Wine Company (00 351 292 241 840; azoreswinecompany.com) offers double rooms from €200 (£173) a night, including breakfast. Regular wine tastings start from €20 (£17) per person.

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Azores Wine Company, Pico Island, Azores

Azores Wine Company, Pico Island, Azores

Ludovice Palace, Lisbon

In the charming Chiado, the heart of Lisbon, this 18th century building palace (recently restored and converted into a wine-centric hotel by acclaimed designer Miguel Câncio Martins) brims with period details, from blue and white tiles to stucco ceilings or painted frescoes. At the bar, under the brick roof of an old vault, sommelier Armindo Saraiva can open up the world of Portuguese wines by designing in the large cellar, with tastings of three, five or seven wines.

How to do this: Palacio Ludovice (00 351 211 513 850; palacioludovice.com offers doubles from €253 (£219) per night, including breakfast. Wine tastings available every Wednesday and Friday at 5 pm, moving to daily in the future. Prices from €30 (£26) per person for three wines, €50 (£43) for five and €70 (£61) for seven.

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Ludovice Palace, Lisbon

Ludovice Palace, Lisbon

L’AND Vinhas, Alentejo

L’AND Vineyards is a cluster of low-rise white modernist buildings with elegant interiors by Brazilian designer Marcio Kogan. With an emphasis on eucalyptus wood, slate and locally woven rugs, there’s a strong sense of place here – some of the rooms even have retractable ceilings to let you gaze at the stars in this dark-sky reserve. The food, which is locally sourced, is modern Portuguese with a twist, and the wines are either from the hotel’s own vineyard or the surrounding region.

How to do this: L’AND Vineyards (00 351 266 242 400; l-and.com) offers double rooms from €204 (£177) including breakfast. There are three different wine tastings, starting with a group wine tasting from €32 (£28) per person. Read the full review here.

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L'AND Vinhas, Alentejo

L’AND Vinhas, Alentejo

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