Wine tourism with Porto.CARD
September is the month of the grape harvest, when the whole region comes alive with the bustle of the harvests. The landscape changes as the leaves fall, but there is still time to enjoy the last days of sunshine. Even if you do not come in time to actively participate in the grape harvest, this is a fantastic time to visit the Douro Valley, try one of the most famous wines in the world and awaken the winemaker in you!
Sharpen your senses with the experiences we propose and set off to explore with Porto.CARD. Follow our suggestions and enjoy the unmissable discounts that the card has to offer. Come and toast with us!
Wine tourism in the city of Porto
Before setting off to explore the region, learn about the history of Port Wine and its importance for the development of the entire region, with a visit to the Douro Extension (free of charge).
Learn about the rigorous process of analysis and certification of wines, with a guided tour followed by a tasting, at one of the most relevant entities in the sector, the Douro and Port Wines Institute, I.P. (25% discount on tour and wine tasting; 15% on purchases in the shop). The venue also has a wine shop.
In Rua das Flores you will find the Wines of Portugal Tasting Room (20% discount in wine tastings from 5€), a space where you can broaden your knowledge and learn more about the diversity of Portuguese wine varieties through a tasting of more than 28 different qualities of wine from the most diverse national wine regions.
Become a Port wines’ expert with a visit to the Real Companhia Velha Cellars (50% discount), Portugal’s oldest Port wine company. The cellars store a wide selection of Tawny Port wines and the Silva Reis family's private wine cellar, which includes more than 16,000 bottles of rare Vintage Port Wines, where the oldest date dates back to 1765.
Get to know the unique space in Vila Nova de Gaia, which unites culture and gastronomy, the Enoteca. O 17.56 Museu da 1ª Demarcação (50% discount) houses the permanent exhibition that portrays the history of Real Companhia Velha, the Appellation by Marquês de Pombal and its connection with the Port Wine theme.
At Cálem Cellars, Fado, an Intangible Heritage of Humanity, combines with Port Wine, in a live Fado show, a guided tour of the cellars and an inevitable wine tasting. So, combine two of the great icons of Portuguese culture: Fado & Port Wine (2€ discount).
Ideal for a visit for two, Porto Cruz Space (2 for 1, except Premium tasting; Cocktail 2 for 1) provides a multi-sensory tasting. If you prefer, you can always risk enjoying a cocktail in the Terrace lounge, which offers a 360º visual experience over the Douro River and the Ribeira.
Delight yourself with one of Chef Rui Paula's two tasting menus at the DOP (15% discount, except executive menu) restaurant. We promise that is a sensational gastronomic experience, paired with Port Wine.
For the end of the day, there is nothing better than relaxing at the Fé Wine & Club (10% discount), with its lively and sophisticated atmosphere. We suggest you order one of the various cocktails with Port Wine, such as the Porto Tonic.
Finally, be sure to take with you or order a few bottles of wine, so that you can prolong the good memories of the city, or who knows, surprise your friends and family. Garrafeira do Carmo (10% discount on table wines and port wines of 10€ or more) is the ideal place to find all kinds of Portuguese wines. Accompany the wine with one of the most delicious Portuguese handmade products, chocolate filled with Port Wine from Chocolataria Equador (10% discount).
Wine tourism in the North Region
There are several options to reach what is the oldest demarcated region in the world! However, we suggest that you board a cruise with Rota do Douro (20% discount) and discover the old Port Wine route when, it began to be commercialised, the wine went down the river in Rabelo boats.
In the Douro, do not miss the opportunity to get to know up close the complex process of making Port wine at Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman (30% from November to March; 10% from April to October), while enjoying the views of the magnificent Douro River. Visit the winery, the wine cellar and the historic lagares where Sandeman wines are produced, one of the world’s most awarded brands.
Make this trip even more enriching and deepen your knowledge of the region with an experienced guide from Oporto & Douro Moments (20% discount).
Discover the only demarcated region in the world that produces the fresh aromas of Vinho Verde, with a mandatory visit to Quinta de Santa Cristina and a tasting of Vinho Verde (10% discount). You can also explore the region of Celorico de Bastos in a 1-day 4x4 tour (10% discount).
If you have the time and are curious to explore more, enjoy Porto.CARD that offers you discounts in many other places and set off to explore! Don't forget to share these moments with your friends and family!