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Casa do Rio Wine Hotel

Casa do Rio is is an impeccably designed wine boutique hotel in the Douro with beautiful vineyards, stylish Scandi decor and a dreamy infinity pool.Casa do Rio is is an impeccably designed wine boutique hotel in the Douro with beautiful vineyards, stylish Scandi decor and a dreamy infinity pool.

A boutique hotel in the Douro with beautiful vineyards, stylish Scandi decor and a dreamy infinity pool.

Nature
Nature
Restaurant
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Wine Hotel
Wine Hotel
Lovely View
Lovely View
Design Pieces
Design Pieces
Bikes
Bikes

Casa do Rio is one of the best boutique hotels in Portugal, and the sister hotel of Quinta do Vallado, one of the oldest and most famous estates in the Douro Valley.

Opened in 2015, this eight-suite boutique hotel is surrounded by organic vineyards and wildflowers. It’s located deep in the Douro wine region, more specifically, in Vila Nova de Foz Coa. Casa do Rio is an impeccably designed wine hotel with Scandinavian style rooms and decor.

On the terrace in a mesmerising setting, guests can taste delicious wines from the hotel’s own estates.

Casa do Rio is slightly farther than most of the hotels in the Douro region so we recommend that you stay for at least two nights. It’s truly beautiful here.

Awesomeness

Fill your soul with the wonderful views that the Douro region has to offer.

One of the most beautiful infinity pools we’ve ever seen.

Eight suites only, so it never feels crowded.

Each room has its own balcony and pod wood-burner.

Complimentary wine tasting, kayaks, paddle boards and bikes.

Bear in Mind

It’s a two-hour drive from Porto, but a very scenic trip. Access to the hotel is made through a 2 km dirt road – and if you’re scared of heights it can be a little scary.

Due to its elevated wooden structure sound travels a little into the rooms. The two suites outside the main building are a safer choice if you want absolute silence.

No children are allowed unless the property is hired exclusively.

No dinner served on Sundays but snacks are available.

Casa do Rio is is an impeccably designed wine boutique hotel in the Douro with beautiful vineyards, stylish Scandi decor and a dreamy infinity pool.Casa do Rio Wine HotelCasa do Rio Wine Hotel
Interview

A Conversation with João Ferreira about Casa do Rio Wine Hotel

A Conversation with João Ferreira about Casa do Rio Wine Hotel
“On the walls we have pictures of the Douro which were taken by my father in the seventies.”
– JOÃO FERREIRA, CO-OWNER

How did you come across this beautiful land?

We were searching for a place to plant new vineyards, and found this amazing place – it had both potential for producing great wines and natural beauty.

Casa do Rio Wine Hotel.

The project was designed by Francisco Vieira de Campos who also worked on your first hotel, Quinta do Vallado. Did you always know you wanted to work with the same architect?

No we didn’t. During the process we realised it made sense to make the new project with the same architect.

Casa do Rio belongs to Quinta do Vallado (est. in 1716), one of the oldest and most famous estates in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and still belongs to her descendants.

How do you describe the architecture and interior?

The architecture is modern but timeless, it’s well integrated in the landscape and ecologic. The interiors are clean, simple with a mix of furniture designed by the architect, as well as vintage Scandinavian furniture. On the walls we have pictures of the Douro which were taken by my father in the seventies.

The interiors are clean, simple with a mix of furniture designed by the architect, as well as vintage Scandinavian furniture.

How long did it take to get everything ready to open?

It took a year and half.

Can you tell us about the organic vineyard methods?

Traditional viticulture in the Douro valley is based on the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.Here it was very important for us to preserve the nature. We use grapes that are not subject to the use of any chemicals, everything is organic.

We fell in love with the swimming pool, surrounded by vineyards with an amazing view over the river. How easy or difficult was it to design?

Actually we went through four design proposals for the swimming pool… it was a difficult process to get to the final solution but it’s been worth it. Both materials and colours were chosen to achieve a natural look, including the colour of the water.

What sets you apart from other hotels in the region?

There are very few other hotels in the region – but our concept is to take advantage of the quietness and beauty of the nature, to provide very good local gastronomy and high level of service.

What’s your favourite object in the hotel?

My favourite piece is the antique granite lagar (winepress) in front of the entrance. It belonged to an old house, in the medieval village of Marialva.

This antique granite lagar (winepress) is João's favourite piece at Casa do Rio.

What’s your favourite hotel (worldwide)?

Copacabana Palace in Rio and 11 Cadogan Gardens in London.

One of João’s favourite hotels is the 11 Cadogan Gardens in London.

Where do you tend to go on holidays?

I enjoy going to my friend’s house in Aljezur (south west Portugal) or to a chalet in the French Alps.

Thank you very much for this interview João.

Thank you too!

Local Tips

Casa do Rio is located in the Upper Douro region.

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Casa do Rio
Quinta do Orgal
5150-145 - Castelo Melhor
Portugal

Location

Casa do Rio Wine Hotel is located in the Upper Douro region of Portugal, 13Kms from Vila Nova de Foz Côa.

By Air

The closest airport is Porto Airport. From there you can hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.

Porto (OPO) – 209km
Lisbon (LIS) – 389km
Faro (FAO) – 631km

By Car

It’s a two-hour scenic drive from Porto to Casa do Rio. Hiring a car is recommended if you want to explore the region. Otherwise, the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.

Casa do Rio offers guests a shuttle service to the following locations: Pocinho Railway Station, Vila Nova de Foz Côa and the Estate’s main entrance at the end of the dirt road.

By Train

The train from Porto takes around three hours (interchange in Regua).

By Boat

For a super scenic route, take a cruising boat from Porto to Regua and from there take the train to Pocinho (day trip).

© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Casa do Rio.

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