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Douro Valley: spectacular landscape, local grape varieties | wine tour

Portugal has its own local grape varieties, few known outside the country. During our tour to the amazing Douro Valley in the northern part of the country we will encounter many of them: touriga national, touriga franca, sousa, tinta roriz and many more. You do find French grape varieties too in Portugal, but they are […]

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Douro Valley Wine Tour

Douro Valley Wine Tour

The Douro Valley Wine Tour:  an exclusive tour along a magnificent wine river — A luxurious wine tour with spectacular views. Many wine regions lie along a famous river. But the Douro in Portugal is the most spectacular of them all! The landscape is dramatic and beautiful. The vines grow on break-neck slopes. We will enjoy […]

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It’s worth to make an effort for Douro Wines – wine tour

In summer the quicksilver in the thermometer can rise to 40 C (105 F) or even more in the Douro Valley. In October it is much more pleasant, nice summer temperatures actually, and that’s when we have the wine tour to the Douro. But even if it is not so hot, carrying the 50 kg […]

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Spectacular river: wine tour along the winding Douro Valley

The wine world is full of famous rivers: the Loire, the Rhône, the Moselle, the Rhine … But we think the Douro river is the most magnificent of all the world’s wine rivers. The Douro Valley is a spectacular landscape with steep slopes and laboriously terraced vineyards. It is a wild landscape that has been […]

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A river of wine: the wine journey along the meandering Douro Valley

If there were no river, no one would have come up with the idea to grow wine in this inaccessible landscape. Scorching hot in the middle of summer, but wonderfully warm in October when the Douro Valley wine tour takes place. The river is the life-blood, it was thanks to the waterway that, at the […]

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Table wines and fortified wines along the river: the Douro Valley wine tour

To call it “table wine” sounds a bit wrong, they are some of Portugal’s best wines, made in the Douro Valley. But what else can you say? “Light Wines”? Not better. They grow these outstanding wines in a landscape that meanders all along the winding river. The slopes are so steep that it is hard […]

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Is the Douro Valley the world’s most spectacular wine region landscape?

It is a good question! Few wine regions can compete with the Douro Valley in spectacular beauty and dramatic landscapes. Terraced vineyards that dive into the river. Serpentine roads that wind up steep vineyard-covered hills. But above all, fantastic wines. Today they make some of Portugal’s best “table wines” here. But also, of course, the […]

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Discover Douro: beautiful landscape, spectacular wines

Or perhaps the other way around: the landscape is one of the world’s most spectacular that you can find in a wine region. A winding river with break-neck slopes all along. And incredibly winding roads. Combine this with some fantastic wines – although most of them are almost unknown – and you get the Douro […]

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The different kinds of port wine

Port wine types Port wine is of course still the most important thing for most wine producers in the Douro Valley, as you will rapidly notice when you come wine touring in the region. The “table wines”, i.e. wines that are not fortified, have recently become quite famous and very popular, but the traditional port […]

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The Douro Valley region: wine land and vineyards

Looking at Douro as a wine region the Douro is divided into three districts: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Corgo is the name of one of the tributaries. Baixo Corgo is the area below Corgo. It has 14,000 hectares of vineyards. Cima Corgo is the area above the river Corgo with 19,000 hectares […]

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Tasting wine in the cellar in the Douro

The Douro Valley: a meandering river and terraced vineyards – “Wine Region of the Year”

A brief introduction to an exciting wine region in Portugal I remember very well a picture from the Douro valley which I saw in a wine magazine maybe fifteen years ago or even more. I had never been in the Douro but I knew of the terraced vineyards. The picture was amazing. You could see […]

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Spectacular views, spectacular wines: new wine tour program to the Douro Valley

Travelling to the Douro wine country can almost take your breath away We have just published our new Douro Valley wine tour program. The Douro is one of the most spectacular wine regions in the world. In the last few decades it has seen a renaissance (or revolution?) both for port wine, table wine and […]

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Grilled sardines, a Portuguese speciality

Porto is a great place, not only to start a Douro Valley wine tour

Porto is at the mouth of the Douro River, where it joins the Atlantic. It is the historic and economic centre of the port wine trade. It is also a great place to visit! Porto, or Oporto, is the perfect starting point for a trip to the Douro Valley wine region. But before heading off […]

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“We can only warmly recommend to travel with BKWine Tours!”

Many people directly think of port wine when you mention  the Douro Valley or the city of Porto in northern Portugal. And of course it is correct, this is where port wine comes from. But it is also a wine district that today makes very exciting, delicious “table” wines, both reds and whites. The city […]

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“The memory of the wine tour warms us in the chill of autumn” & a good restaurant in Porto

A traveller’s report from the Douro Valley wine tour with a restaurant recommendation in Oporto K & B travelled with us on the Douro Valley wine tour in northern Portugal this autumn. The tour starts and finishes in the historic city of Porto (sometimes called Oporto), on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. There […]

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Vincent Bouchard and  Kay Steffey Bouchard, Quinta do Tedo, Douro Valley

Five hours on foot in Porto, then you deserve a glass of Quinta do Tedo!

Kay Steffey Bouchard at Quinta do Tedo in the Douro Valley writes an interesting blog about the life and the work at the quinta (the winery and vineyard) run by herself and her French husband Vincent Bouchard. Recently she shared with her readers her “addiction” to walking and she suggests a 5 hour walk in […]

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