The Road Butler, Porto's most exclusive service, celebrates ten years of executive wine tours and hosting Douro Valley port and private wine tasting trips, revealing why Northern Portugal is a worthy world wine producer.
With hundreds of Douro Valley wine tours and port tasting trips along the breathtaking River Douro, visitors have been taking executive tours with The Road Butler, Rui Botelho and his expert and knowledgable team.
Douro Valley Wine
The immense and always surprisingly Douro wine region is one of the favourite and usually the most demanded wine tours and there is a handful of great reasons ultimately including the wine itself!
The world has recently been recognising Portuguese wine as 'incredibly good', yet cheap compared with other top wine producers around the globe. The quality is down to the unique terroir, resistance and old vines, plus with more than 250 variety grapes and many combined into perfect blended nectars of the Gods. Production costs in Portugal still remain comparatively low, with in country average earnings significantly trailing behind its European neighbours.
Douro Family Wine Estates
Next is the family estates among the vineyards, some of them located at the top of 600 metre high mountains. Nowadays most of them offer bed and breakfast accommodation and serve delicious wine paired meals, modern cellars to provide well organised guided tours and visits to the terroir into the vines and explore the "modus operandi" of wine making and aging in perfumed old wood barrels.
Douro Valley Landscapes
Third highlights the heartbreaking landscape of the "Alto Douro Vinhateiro" it's quite spectacular!
Carefully designed with architectural land terraces, most of them pointing to the sun, where the vines grow strong, always confident of the help of mother nature. Huge hills, one after another along the river side, several water dams and bridge crossings makes the scenery splendours and the rocky soil gives also some character and freshness to the land. Visible olive trees are in production all around in the distance too.
The River Douro
Forth place is awarded to the river, yes the one who gives the name to the oldest world wine denomination, Douro River, is itself a superb attraction and has a big role in the wine business and players. Almost 900 kms of amazing sites in both sides along the river, such as gigantic dams, where big boats cruises travel up and down those inspiring waters. Top modern and stylish restaurants, even vintage hotels and villas all around the hills, like they were part of the hole picture in between the vines and facing the surrounding high stepped rocky and fully green mountains.
Wine Workers in Northern Portugal
Finally, we couldn't forget the people from this Northern Portugal region. Humble, strong hard workers, believers and persevering knowledge kept long the centuries by different generations. Not only locals but also entire families from all over the world who came to bring new hope and new wine makers, new technics and different approaches to marketplace strategies too, all this changed some point the status quo of Portuguese wines all around.
There are no words or enough adjectives to express the beauty of this wine producing region, only the eyes and emotions can capture this unique region, the beautiful Douro Valley!
The Road Butler Wine Tours 2023
As one season ends and the next season looms, The Road Butler Porto, has developed an array of private wine tours in Portugal and ideas for bespoke wine trips. Small or large groups can be transported into the hills for a Douro wine experience or Porto tasting session. The Road Butler has been providing exclusive wine tours for business visitors and tourists from many English speaking countries including Australia, USA, Canada and UK.
To enquire or book simply head to The Road Butler website for details and information.
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