Grape Treading in the Douro Valley, Portugal

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September marks the end of summer, and the beginning of harvest season for the many grape growers across Europe and North America. Our guide Miguel in Oporto, Portugal would like to invite travelers to take part in the harvest by visiting his city and getting their feet dirty!

September is time for harvesting and there‘s no better place to do it than the Douro Valley! The Douro Valley is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, characterized by spectacular vineyard terraces that climb up on either side of the wide and winding Douro River like giant steps, lined with white and yellow hacienda style wineries called “Quintas”.

The source of the Douro River is in Spain, 200km from where it spills out into the Atlantic Ocean in Oporto, with the most beautiful part in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal boasting extraordinary landscape. The main wine hubs on the river are Pinhão and Peso da Régua. This is the land of Portugal’s finest wines where you will find enchanting names for wine lovers like Quinta do Crasto, Barca Velha, Napoles, Bomfin, Noval, Vesuvio, Quinta de la Rosa, Roriz, and Gaviosa.

Escape and become a local to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in this magnificent valley: the harvesting and treading of the grapes! It´s time to roll up your pants and take part in the traditional grape treading where you will stomp grapes in the cellars with your bare feet and become a real part of the next port wine production for 2012!

You can check out Miguel’s grape stomping tour here: Grape Harvest in the Douro Valley.
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