There are five rooms in an original 18th-century manor house and a further eight in a new wing designed by architect Francisco Vieira de Campos. Some of the rooms have a balcony with great views of the vineyards.
The living room and restaurant located in the new wing are decorated in an impeccable Scandinavian style. The picturesque garden features a lovely sun terrace with an outdoor pool.
We have been here twice and we are looking forward to our third visit. It’s really a very special place.
Fill your soul with the wonderful views of the Douro.
The chance to visit one of the region’s most advanced wineries with state of the art technology.
Complimentary wine tour with a delicious tasting session at the end.
The buffet breakfast is excellent.
The rooms are super comfortable. We stayed in the new wing which we highly recommend.
Bear in Mind
It’s a 1h15 drive from Porto, but one of the most scenic routes in Portugal.
Dinner is a very good set menu which includes seasonal produce from the estate’s gardens. If you fancy something lighter, you can order some tapas and wine to enjoy at your own balcony. We did that over sunset and absolutely loved it.
The pool is not heated.
“When I was 3 years old I even went in to stomp the grapes with my leg in a cast.”
I came here lots of times and I have many memories, especially of the harvests, which back then were done by groups of people who came from other villages and it was always such a joy.
I loved riding on the tractors and lorries with the workers, I also loved the breakfasts at the vines and eating sardines. I remember a lot of typical characters at Quinta do Vallado, from the caretakers, the wine cellar worker, the man who arranged the baskets for the harvest, the man who “recorded” the number of hours each person worked.
We had many animals such as pigs, turkeys, chickens, pheasants… there were rods in the chimney to smoke “chouriços”. The smells are so memorable, from the smell of smoke in the kitchen to the intense smell of wet earth when it rained in the summer. And obviously, I remember the winepress… when I was 3 years old I even went in to stomp the grapes with my leg in a cast.
My first suggestion is for visitors not to rush to see everything too quickly. The Douro is indisputably one of the most beautiful and fantastic regions in the world with incredible landscapes, where every nook deserves to be seen. The roads are very steep, so even when the distances seem short, it takes time to get from one Estate to the other. Visit each Estate slowly so that you can “experience” what a “Quinta” in the Douro is – the vines, the Port wine and DOCs (Protected Designation of Origin), the people, the tradition… that’s what makes the Douro special.
I think it’s a must to take a boat ride on the Douro river, preferably upstream from Pinhão, and to visit one of the renowned lookout points such as São Leonardo da Galafura or São Salvador do Mundo – the landscape is overwhelming. And if you can, to round it off, visit one of the Caves (Cellars) in Villa Nova de Gaia in Porto.
The hotels are very important for our project, not only from a financial point of view, but also because they are the best way to promote our “Vallado” brand… to tell our family’s history, the tradition, to show the vines, the cellar, to allow people to taste the wines accompanied by typical meals from the region, the vegetables from our gardens, the fruits from our orchards, to show off all of the people behind the scenes making this happen… it is undoubtedly an experience that guests won´t forget.
At this stage, we aim to be even better at what we already do pretty well. Regarding the future, we shall see!
“We aim to be even better at what we already do pretty well.”
Fortunately I have several – from monitoring the works on the vines to monitoring the planting of new vines to networking with other wine makers, the wine tastings – ours and others – the opportunity to host so many people, who are so diverse and interesting.
If I had to pick one, I would say the harvest, which is the time when everything unfolds, when the passion for what we do provides us with the energy to work 16 hour days for 40 consecutive days. During that phase, I love the wine must tasting sessions, which usually happen twice a day, to check on the progression from grape to the final fermentation.
Every year is different, and it’s important to monitor this phase carefully so that we can get the best out of each vine… there isn’t one single formula to making great wines. Another part of the job which I find extremely fulfilling is the tasting of the different batches which will become the final batch. Some days we taste up to 300 different samples…It’s amazing but exhausting!
“The harvest is the time when everything unfolds, when the passion for what we do provides us with the energy to work 16 hour days for 40 consecutive days.”
I think the fact that we are wine makers with such an extensive tradition: in 2018 it will mark 200 years since this estate is in our family. This allows people who come here to understand a little about how the “Quintas” (estates) work, which is the essence of the Douro. Also the service, the intimacy and the comfort, we like to make people feel more at home.
My favourite object are some very old vines, from a branch which was located exactly where the hotel is now, and that were transformed into fantastic “sculptures” by our cousin Tomaz Viana.
I’ve stayed at many fantastic hotels so it’s hard to choose one, but not far from here actually there is a hotel which I find very endearing – Vidago Palace.
Every year I usually spend 15 days in the Algarve, where I either stay with my in-laws or rent a house. I love the beach. I also take time for another family holiday which is usually either skiing or visiting an European city.
Thank you too!
For those colder days, the cosy and stylish living room will go down a treat. It features a fireplace, a great selection of books and board games – all of which go exceptionally well with an excellent glass of wine from Quinta do Vallado’s own winery.
We recommend taking a boat tour up the beautiful and historic Douro river, one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice, there are some excellent restaurants in Douro. We highly recommend DOC Restaurant (9.5km, 11min drive), from one of Portugal’s most renowned chefs Rui Paula, and Castas & Pratos in Régua (3km, 5min drive).
The drive from Porto to Vallado (120km) is one of the most scenic routes in Portugal.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
Quinta do Vallado is located in the Douro wine region of northern Portugal, 6km from the town of Peso da Régua, in the Corgo valley, near to its confluence with the River Douro.
Porto (OPO) – 120km
Lisbon (LIS) – 350km
Faro (FAO) – 593km
It’s a 1h20 scenic drive from Porto to Quinta do Vallado. Hiring a car is recommended if you want to explore the region. Otherwise, the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.
The train from Porto takes around 2 hours (exit in Regua).
For a super scenic route, take a cruising boat from Porto to Regua.
© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Quinta do Vallado.
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