Some of the Best Vinho Verde Wineries
Vinho Verde wines are raising more and more interest all over the world. One of the best ways to discover the varieties of "green wine" is by taking a Vinho Verde region wine tour to discover its amazing wineries and vineyards. Here are some of the best places to taste Vinho Verde wines:
Quinta de Soalheiro
Start your tour to the Vinho Verde region at Quinta de Soalheiro, located in Melgaço, in the extreme north of Portugal, near Spain. It was a pioneer in the creation of the Alvarinho wine in Melgaço and an international reference for the wines of this grape variety.
There are many wine tasting tours at Quinta do Soalheiro, all of them include a tour to the vineyard and winery but the tastings can go from standard tastings to Premium or Sparkling wines.
This is definitely one of the best wineries in the Vinho Verde region with great tasting experiences
Quinta do Ameal Wine & Tourism Terroir
Further down South, about an hour drive from Quinta de Soalheiro, you will find Quinta do Ameal Wine & Tourism Terroir, a vineyard and boutique hotel where you will be able to taste the famous Quinta do Ameal wines. Here you can visit the cellar with a short explanation of the vinification, aging, bottling and labelling process and learm more about the production of the organic grapes. The tour ends with a commented wine tasting, accompanied by light appetizers in the tasting room with view to the vineyard, or in the garden (arbour) if the weather is inviting.
Quinta de Santa Cristina
Another 1-hour drive southeastwards and you will find Quinta de Santa Cristina. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of wine activities, from the most traditional ones such as wine tastings and visits to the winery and vineyard, to most different ones like a tour in the vineyards in a segway or in a 4WD. In between, you can also lay your blanket on the ground and have a picnic in the vineyard or have lunch in the estate. Here the options are immense for the wine and nature lovers. Have a look at Quinta de Santa Cristina wine tours, they also offer several options that take you through some of the best Vinhos Verdes of the region.
Quinta da Aveleda
A favorite with tours and river cruises the Quinta da Aveleda is Portugal’s largest Vinho Verde exporter. The history of this wine estate is lost in time, but there are countless records of it after the 16th century. The first bottled wine sale records date back to 1870. There are several wine experiences available, including guided tours with tasting of three wines from different wine regions (Vinho Verde, Douro and Bairrada), harmonized with cheese, dry fruits and chocolate, guided tour to the bottling area, gardens, old winery and tasting room, with Alvarinho wine and cheese tasting, and even an option to have lunch at the estate paired with their own and unique wines.
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