Douro Valley, Portugal
Located a few hundred miles from the city of Porto, this scenic UNESCO World Heritage site boasts of idyllic 18th and 19th-century Quintas (wine estates) and stone-terraced vineyards that rise above the meandering Douro River. Romans introduced vines to the Duoro Valley back in the third century A.D after the conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Other than the world-famous Port, Duoro Valley is also known for producing the popular Vinho Verde white wine. In addition, some smaller Quintas also serve lesser-known table wines made from indigenous grape varieties like Alfrocheiro. Visitors can go for guided tours and tasting at historic wineries like Quinta da Pacheca, Quinta de La Rosa and Quinta das Carvalhas. You can also sip some of the finest Portuguese pours at Quinta de Guimaraes, Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta do Crasto. Alternatively, visitors can hop on a wine cruise to explore the stunning region on water. Best time to visit: Late September or early October.
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