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This month’s Wine Club, in partnership with AmaWaterways, heads to the Douro River in Portugal.
Read on to find out more.
Land near a river, naturally protected by mountain ranges, inspired winemakers to plant vineyards along the Douro, but wild landscapes and nutrient-poor soil made this an extremely difficult task. The birthplace of Port wine would simply not exist today if it hadn’t been for the centuries of determined winegrowers who laboriously carved rows of vines into the steep, dramatic terrain.
The process used to make Port wine depends on brandy being added to partially fermented grape must. This halts fermentation, leaving sugar in the mixture and results in a sweeter wine with a higher alcohol content. This vinification process was discovered in 1678 and is still used to this day. Ruby, Tawny and Vintage are three of the most prevalent styles produced.
Another of northern Portugal’s most famous wines is called Vinho Verde, which translates as “young wine”. Intended to be enjoyed within a year of bottling, these distinct wines are created from several local grape varieties. While the unique aromatic and effervescent whites are wildly popular, the fresh and fruity roses and rich reds are also a delight.
See for yourself
Join an unforgettable AmaWaterways Wine Cruise and delight in one of the world’s most perfect trifectas: travel, wine, and elegant cuisine.
Each of their Celebration of Wine River Cruises is hosted by an enthusiastic wine professional who leads you through tastings and interactive discussions, accompanies you on select shore excursions to vineyards and cellars, and helps curate a special food and wine pairing dinner on board.
Enticing Douro Wine Cruise
Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. During this incredible wine-themed journey, you’ll sample Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine, and visit a local quinta (wine estate) for an authentic Port-wine tasting. Discover the stages of wine production at the Quinta da Avessada, which houses an interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine. Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; visit Régua, the ‘capital’ of the Douro Valley; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes. Hosted by a dedicated wine expert who leads tastings and a specially curated food and wine pairing dinner on board, this journey is a must for anyone interested in the best of local wine and cuisine.
Itinerary: Porto to Porto
- Day 1: Porto – Embarkation
- Day 2: Entre-os-Rios
- Day 3: Regua Pinhao
- Day 4: Vega de Terron
- Day 5: Barca d’Alva – Pinhao
- Day 6: Regua
- Day 7: Porto
- Day 8: Porto – Disembarkation
Start date 20 July 2024
Category E (fixed window) £3750pp
Category B (outside balcony) £5178pp
If you would like a quote or to book, call Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678.
Win a case of wine from the Douro region of Portugal
Comment below and which celebrity you’d like to share a bottle of Port wine with, and why?
A winner will be chosen in early January 2024.
The competition closes on 31 December 2023.