In the Douro, there are unique experiences for wine lovers at Quinta da Pacheca.
Quinta da Pacheca, in Cambres, came out top for the Public Choice Award (Best of Wine Tourism), an important competition organised by the Great Wine Capitals network. This is added to the many other awards it has received over the years. And it’s well deserved. With a wide range of wines, a restaurant and hotel, it’s a dream come true for any wine enthusiast, where you can even sleep in giant barrels!
It’s a long story: the estate was first mentioned in 1738 as belonging to “Pacheca” (Mariana Pacheco Pereira), an impressive woman who dedicated her time to managing it. In 1903, production increased with José Freire de Serpa Leitão Pimentel, when the vineyards were revamped, and grape varieties organised into plots (unusual at the time). In 1916, new warehouses and eight wine presses were built, which are still in use. The estate was acquired in 2012 by Maria do Céu Gonçalves and Paulo Pereira, who transformed it into a luxury wine hotel, with tasting room and shop. The building was restored by architect José Manuel Leite de Castro (this year it will have 24 rooms, spa and pool). The restaurant serves fine Portuguese food and there are ten rooms in giant wine barrels, each with a bathroom and deck overlooking the vineyards.
Pacheca produces whites, rosés, reds and port, crafted by the talented winemaker Maria Serpa Pimentel. In addition to visits with tastings, there are picnics, wine and traditional cooking workshops, as well as grape picking and treading. The estate also has partnerships with different tour and extreme sports companies.
by Maria João de Almeida
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