Enjoy the Fall Wine Harvest in These Charming Hotels
The Harvest season is always an exciting time for any wine lover and for any winery. The smell of freshly picked wine grapes fills the air, dazzling colors star to show throw the landscapes that are full of vineyards that come alive and are full of grapes ready to be harvested, it is simply amazing to watch.
This incredible season typically begins in September and lasts through October and is one of the oldest wine activities in Portugal and definitely one of the most genuine and traditional ones. In this process, the workers of the wineries are ready to pick the grapes and are happily anticipating the stomping of the grapes, a process that will transform the grapes into great and awarded wines. Moreover, in order to enjoy this season to the fullest, there is nothing better than to stay in these fantastic and luxurious hotels in Portugal.
L'and Vineyards - Alentejo
This wine resort is beautiful and stunning. While inside, you will note that the interiors are sober and luxurious and the simplicity and minimalism are present in every detail like wood and natural stone. The decor of the rooms conveys peace and comfort. This hotel also has a library, the exclusive L'AND MADE products store, the wine cellar, the wine club, the spa, the restaurant, and the patio lounge. Plus, a garden decorated with vineyards separates the main building from the twenty-two suites. Moreover, there is a suite that every visitor of this hotel needs to try - the Sky View suite. This suite is decorated with luxury and good taste, with a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and also a large outdoor terrace with a fireplace, two private patios, one with a "plunge pool", and there is also the famous full room ceiling opening that will fascinate any guest. Through this ceiling is possible to watch the famous starry skies of the Alentejo, in which you will savor your relaxing sleep under the stars. The vineyard area, with about six hectares in production, is rigorously cared for and certified by the organic production method. L'AND wines are composed only by the varieties present in the resort vineyards. Their grapes are very juicy and come from the production control and ripening in the winery, they also have very strict control, since the harvest is handmade and put into small boxes. After this, the grapes are selected box by box to ensure the best raw material and, consequently, to obtain better quality wines. It is a fantastic process to watch.
Torre de Palma - Alentejo
Torre de Palma is another fantastic wine hotel in the region of Alentejo. Erected from the remains of an ancient house dating from 1338, the hotel maintains architectural allegiance to the region through the whitewashed walls that bleed into the stunning sunsets, plus, the elegant interiors are also in perfect harmony with nature. This charming hotel also posses nineteen rooms and suites, a 14th-century vineyard, an indulgent spa, a fantastic restaurant that will take you on a journey through Alentejo’s gastronomy. Besides, the activities are amazing, you can ride a Lusitano horse, swim indoors or outdoors, or run through the property’s orchard. Their traditional winery produces the wine in a handmade way, in this space, it also has a barrel room, a wine tasting room, and a wine production area with cement tanks. Since they produce their own wine, you can be part of it by participating in their harvest program and have lunch with their Chef and their Winemaker.
São Lourenço do Barrocal - Alentejo
This awarded and splendid hotel is owned by the same family for over two hundred years and offers luxury allied to rural traditions. With over forty rooms, suites and houses, there is also the vineyard, the olive grove, the orange grove, the organic garden, the spa, the pool, and a great restaurant. The rooms are all huge and comfortable and are all composed of Egyptian cotton and feather pillows. The decoration is simple, minimalist, and elegant, in which every detail breathes the maxim "less is more" in all its splendor. The restaurant of this hotel serves the typical dishes of the region with a contemporary touch, all of the ingredients are organic and come from their organic vegetable garden. Further, São Lourenço do Barrocal hotel provides unique experiences and activities (that are plenty to choose from), always with nature, heritage, and gastronomy as a backdrop. Their harvest program offers you the possibility to know more about the grapes, how you cut them, the processes, and is also possible to watch the wine cellar producing the wine as the winemaker explains it all. In the end, taste the fantastic wine. A perfect Alentejo luxury tour spot.
Quinta do Vallado - Douro Valley
This estate was built in 1716 and is one of the oldest and most notorious vineyards in the Douro Valley. It belonged to the outstanding Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and remains in the possession of her descendants until nowadays. With more than seventy hectares of vineyards, of which about one third are old vines over one hundred years old and with thirteen rooms, five of them in the building dated from the 18th century and the remaining eight rooms located in a modern, design building, you will enjoy here the best that the Douro Valley has to offer. Some of the rooms of the modern building have a balcony with great views of the vineyards, the restaurant is decorated impeccable, the beautiful garden features a fantastic terrace with an outdoor pool, and you will also have a spa, the winery, the library and a range of activities since hiking trails and wine tastings. Be part of their tradition by participating in their harvest program where you receive a kit, taste the wine, and have lunch at the restaurant.
Quinta da Pacheca - Douro Valley
One of the most prestigious, awarded, and recognized properties of the Douro Valley is Quinta da Pacheca. This estate has a classic house, typical of the 18th century, that was awarded "The Best Wine Hotel" by the Great Wine Capitals. With fifteen rooms in the hotel that keeps alive the spirit of the Douro, evident in the furniture, there is also the famous and exclusive wine barrels that offer a unique experience to their guests. The wine barrels are bold architectural projects of suites and also provide very close contact with nature. In a rural environment, but with all the comfort of the most modern hotel units, you can enjoy your stay in one of these ten accommodation units implemented in the middle of the vineyards. In addition, their seventy-five hectares of its own vineyards planted in the World Heritage area, classified by UNESCO in 2001, offers a production of quality of Douro DOC and Port wines. Besides was one of the first in the region to bottle DOC wines under its own brand name. In this estate, you can be part of the harvest, learning with the workers, lunch with them, and taste the wines produced here. As well the main activities offered to the guests consist in visit the winery, a wine tasting, a picnic in the vineyards, and much more.
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