- make a toast with the recent but excellent sparkling Vinho Verde wines
- visit the Lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, where Port Wine ages, on the Port Wine Route
- when in Porto, visit the Portuguese Wine Tasting Rooms (open Tuesday to Saturday) in the Palácio da Bolsa, which is also worth a visit
- take a boat ride with the Sado dolphins, on the Setúbal wine route
- on the same route, discover the Tróia Peninsula, the longest stretch of beaches in Europe
- discover Alqueva in the Alentejo, the largest artificial lake in Europe, where you can take a cruise or rent a houseboat and spend a few days of pure relaxation
Portugal’s wine routes will provide some excellent trips to discover a pleasure that has been perfected over time.
In fact, it is known that wine has been widely grown in Portugal since at least the time of the Roman Empire. Production has gone through many phases over time, but the year 1756 is worth noting, when the Marquis of Pombal created the Upper Douro General Vineyard Agricultural Company aimed at delimiting the 1st demarcated region in the world, registering the vineyards and classifying the wines according to their quality.
Vinho Verde Route
Starting in the north, the Vinho Verde Wine Route runs from the Minho to the Douro. Green, which gives its name to the wine, is the predominant colour in the region, punctuated by historical cities like Braga and Guimarães, and others along the rivers, which are smaller but also full of charm. Examples include Amarante, Viana do Castelo, Barcelos and Ponte de Lima. This is a region of rural tourism, with palaces and manor houses whose vineyards are worth a visit to discover vines growing on trellises, the espigueiros (grain stores) and an amazing landscape that gives rise to light, young, fresh wines.
Alvarinho Vinho Verde Route
The sub-region of Monção and Melgaço, alongside the river Minho, is within the Vinho Verde route, but is also the birthplace of the reputed Alvarinho, the most prized variety of vinho verde. For this reason, Alvarinho wine has its own route, centred around these towns. In the Solar do Alvarinho in Melgaço, or in the Paço do Alvarinho in Monção, you can try the wine, and taste or buy other regional products.