rom its sleek design to its excellent food, the Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel was the perfect place for a vineyard tour and a pit stop during a holiday road trip in Portugal with my family. Quinta do Vallado is one of the oldest estates in Portugal’s beautiful Duoro Valley, and their comfortable, onsite Wine Hotel has an 18th-century, refurbished 5-room Mannor House and a newer, 8-room, modern hotel. The vineyard also offers tours of their operation, wine tastings, cooking classes, outdoor excursions, and excellent meals in the onsite restaurant. The highlight of the trip for me was relaxing in their comfy living room and playing backgammon with my brother in front of the cozy fireplace. WB
Quinta do Vallado, Vilarinho dos Freires, 5050-364, Peso da Régua, Portugal. +351 934 582 446. www.quintadovallado.com.
To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel, read: Hurry, turn left at the fountain! — Getting lost in Portugal's Duoro Valley, the birthplace of port wine.