Why don’t you make this your wine travel year? If so, coming to Portugal is mandatory, with some of the most exciting and luxurious places in the world, and home of some of the most awared wines.
On the 2018 edition of The Porto Best Of Wine Tourism Awards, that recognizes wine tourism offers of excellence, Porto, once again, has had very strong, high quality contestants for each of the categories.
The Porto Best Of Wine Tourism 2018 Awards winners are:
Located at Ponte de Lima, and in the heart of the Minho’s Region, the oldest town in Portugal is only 40 minutes distance from Porto. A place where the you can find the past, the modernity and the cultural roots blended together and coexist harmoniously.
This 5 star Hotel, with 15 rooms, distinguishes itself on tradition, history, exquisitely and respect for the Environment. The news is the “Tents Suites Deluxe”, a luxury Portuguese colonial style tents experience, implanted in the most amazing landscape.
Wine Tourism Restaurants – Cais da Villa Restaurant
An historical value, elegance and comfort place, Cais da Villa results from the rehabilitation of the centennial railway warehouse of Vila Real station.
Combining history and modernity, the tradition of local flavours is preserved and integrated into a creative cuisine, fused together into a wonderful experience.
Open since 2010, introduces dishes proposals that values the region’s gastronomic tradition, harmonized with regional wines. The wine list counts on about 300 references, mostly from Douro.
Featuring the perfect combination of modern architecture in nature, with only 8 suites facing the Douro River, Casa do Rio is a unique hotel, strategically located between the vineyards and the river and with an outstanding view. Suspended between two supporting pillars, the wooden building – which hovers above the land smartly avoiding a line of seasonal running water, presents itself as a premium hotel in the middle of nature.
Casa do Rio is the ideal choice for those who are looking for a unique, singular experience, where it is possible to explore the Douro Superior region and enjoy an activity program exclusively designed for each guest.
Art and Culture – The Vinho Verde Centre for Interpretation and Promotion (CIPVV)
Preserving the knowledge of Vinho Verde through the culture and art objects and documents, it aims to involve all the Vinho Verde producers and work as a team to promote the excellence of the region in Portugal and abroad.
Another goal of this place is to start several research projects within the history of the Vinho Verde region. This project distinguishes itself not only because the municipality of Ponte de Lima and the Vinho Verde Commission are committed to engaging producers and winery cellars, but also other municipalities of the region and especially other entities that might enrich the investigation and promotion of Vinho Verde.
2017 brought a true innovation into the Port wine tourism offer. The educational centre at Cálem Cellars has prepared a self-guided interactive tour that allows visitors to explore every step of the port wine production, through history, tastes and smells. At the same time, they have different ways to present the information in the cellars, namely, with special projections on the balseiros (big oak casks used for ageing Port).
Furthermore, a segmented approach was implemented. Two paths for two separate consumer needs: one for visitors coming in a group with limited time for their visit; and another for individual visitors, with more time to spend and to get in-depth knowledge of Port wine.
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices – Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
Located in the Vinho Verde region, on a 30 hectares estate, where 22 ha are for the production of vinho verde and sparkling wine, Monverde is certified with the EU Ecolabel label, reflecting its concern for environmental and energy problems.
They are strongly committed on acting in the day-to-day full respect for nature, and to minimize environmental impacts by reducing water and energy consumption, sorting waste for recycling, ensuring proper management of resources, pollution prevention, awareness and training of employees, permanent monitoring of work processes.
This wine tourism project, associated with the wine landscape, culture and gastronomy, presents itself as a product of excellence for the region development.
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