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Wine and Cultural Tour in the Vinho Verde Region - 3 Day experience

Ponte de Lima, 4991-909, Ponte de Lima - Vinho Verde

This tour was designed for the recently famous Vinho Verde enthusiasts, letting them discover all of its secrets. In a region with unique conditions in the world, you will discover the different varieties of the Vinho Verde. In a three-day tour you will also have the opportunity to visit the cultural heritage of the most important cities in the region - Guimarães and Braga - and visit the most famous Vinho Verde wine producing estates.

Highlights:

  • Guimarães Historic Centre, World Heritage Site, by UNESCO
    Bom Jesus Sanctuary in Braga
  • Wine experiences in Vinho Verde wine producing estates
  • Accommodation in Boutique Estates or Luxury Hotels in the Vinho Verde region
  • Meals and regional products tasting with unique sights
  • Breathtaking landscape

Included:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in a Double Room or similar in a boutique hotel in the Vinho Verde region
  • 2 Breakfasts in the chosen accommodation units
  • 3 Guided Tours with wine tasting at 3 Vinho Verde wine producing estates
  • 2 Regional light lunches in two of the most famous estates in the region, mentioned in the itinerary
  • All the insurances required by Turismo de Portugal

Not Included:

  • Private Driver
  • Personal expenses like buying wine
  • Tips
  • Other complementary services not included in the itinerary

Prices and Available Options:


From € 450 (price per person based on double room)



Conditions

Category Conditions
Reservation You will receive an email with the booking details and later on (within 48 hours) a confirmation email; Subject to the confirmation of availability
Type of Tour Private Group
Duration 3 Days / 2 Nights
Group Size 2 – 7 People
Starting Point Hotel or Porto Airport
Payment It will be charged 50% of the amount of the experience at least 45 days prior to arrival; It will be charged 50% of the amount of the experience when the reservation is confirmed
Cancellation If you cancel less than 45 days before your arrival date, 100% of the total booking will be charged; Cancellation up to 45 days prior your arrival date: 2.5% of the total booking price will be charged
No-Show It will be charged 100% of total booking value
Means of payment Mastercard; Visa
General Booking Guarantee with credit card number; VAT at the legal rate included; Supplements have to be paid separately

Services

Category Services
Spoken Languages English; Português
Reviewed by Camila Enes, 11.03.2016

Tive uma experiência agradabilíssima neste Tour. Experiências muito interessantes em Quintas Maravilhosas, o vinho é uma tara! Conheci Guimarães e Braga, belíssimas cidades, fiquei percorrendo as ruas com a sensação de estar no meu antigo país. Fiquei realmente encantada. Obrigada por tudo. Saiba que pode contar com gente profissional aqui, Mariana que nos preparou o Tour teve um atendimento acompanhado de dedicação, muito alem do que havia imaginado.

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Day 1


Leaving from Porto you will go towards the Vinho Verde region.

In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit one of themost innovative wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region. At Quinta de Santa Cristina you will discover the history and the wine producing processes with a regional products tasting paired with wines from the estate. The visit begins with a short walk that includes a passage through the vineyards surrounding the winery, a visit to the camellia garden and the Santa Cristina chapel. The visit continues in the winery, discovering the secrets of wine vinification: grape reception area presses area, vat and fermentation, sparkling wines cellar, ending in the bottling area. At the end, there is a visit to the wine shop and tasting room, where the visitor will have the opportunity to taste the wines, as well as other regional products.The tasting includes the tasting of 3 Quinta de Santa Cristina sparkling wines (QSC Espumante Branco, QSC Espumante Rosé e QSC Espumante Tinto) and will be accompanied with a short explanation of the smells and flavours of the tasted wines.

After the wine experience, you should visit Braga, considered the "Portuguese Rome", one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, with more than 2000 years of history. In a city extremely connected with religion, you will visit thehistoric centrewith its numerous monuments and points of interest such as the Cathedral, Igreja dos Congregados, Santa Bárbara Garden and Theatro Circo.

Check-in at Carmo’s Boutique Hotel. A romantic and surreal scenario, a true boutique hotel in the style of Salvador Dalí, as Arjan Mulder said. This hotel stands out for the recovery of tradition, history, sophistication and respect for the Environment.

End of day.

Day 2


With the beautiful Ponte de Lima landscape, recharge your batteries with an amazing breakfast in the Hotel.

You will have the opportunity to visit Ameal Wine & Tourism Terroir, one of themost charming wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region. You will have a visit to the cellar with description of the vinification process, ageing, bottling and labelling and an explanation about the process of production of the organic grapes. The tour is extended to the vineyard. Finish you tour with a commented two wine tasting (including one of the 5 best Portuguese white wines), accompanied by light appetizers in the tasting room with view to the vineyard, or in the garden.

After the wine experience, a visit to Ponte de Lima is a must-do. The Roman bridge that gave its name to this very ancient and very beautiful town, which received its first charter in 1125 from D. Teresa, the mother of the first king of Portugal. In the centre of a rich farming region where the famous Vinho Verde is produced, the greatest number of manor houses and palaces are to be found.

End of day.

Day 3


Enjoy your last breakfast in the Vinho Verde region.

After checking-out, visit the beautiful Guimarães historical centre, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO and European Culture Capital in 2012. Guimarães was the first capital of the Portuguese County, which gives the city one of the main roles in the history of Portugal. The historic center, the Guimarães Castle, the Paço dos Duques de Bragança and the São Miguel Chapel are a must-visit.

After the visit, we will take you to Quinta da Aveleda. The history of the Quinta da Aveleda estate is lost in time, but there are countless records of this estate after the 16th century. Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes. Aside from its important architectural heritage, the Quinta da Aveleda estate is also appreciated for its parks and gardens, where rare species of trees flourish, some of which have been around for over two hundred years. Distinguished with the international Best of Wine Tourism award, in the "Architecture, Parks and Gardens" category. Currently the Quinta da Aveleda is the largest Vinho Verde exporting company. Here you wil enjoy a guided tour to the Bottling area, Gardens, Old Winery and Tasting Room, with Alvarinho wine and cheese tasting.

End of the Tour.


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