A wine route through Portugal
In recent years, Portugal has imposed itself as an important player in the European tourist arena, it’s becoming a more and more popular destination and this in turn has led to a significant development of all sorts of tourist-related industries and branches.
Today we suggest a wine route through Portugal. Here’s a few stops we were thinking we might make: Predictably enough, we first alight in the beautiful “invincible city” of Porto, in northern Portugal. The Douro Valley, which entails the city as well, is the most famous wine-producing region in the country.
The sun-bathed plains with endless vineyards that remind of the Romans who first introduced the sweet intoxicated liquor as early as the 3rd century AD provide an idyllic landscape for the numerous quintas (estates) where the sweet, but strong Port wine is produced.
A visit to Peso da Regua, the crowned center of port wine trade, is in store. A winery you can visit there is Quinta do Vallado for instance, where you can lodge and learn about the history of wine production.
Lisbon is also a wine producing region. Also known as the Estremadura, this region is dominated by red, classy wines. Alenquer is one of the most important spots here.
As for the southern littoral region of the Algarve, wine is also produced here in abundance. Setubal is the center of attention here. The regions that get most attention are Alentejo and Muscadets. Quinta do Frances is an excellent winery you can visit in the beautiful medieval city of Silves. Wine is mainly produced in the Algarve in the cities of Lagos, Lagoa, Portimao and Tavira, all of which have tourist importance and are worth a visit.
If you can refrain from taking more than a sip of the sweet Portuguese wine during your trip (at least while you find yourself behind the wheel), we suggest booking with car rental Portugal.