Emanating from central-northern Spain and extending all the way to Porto on Portugal’s stunning coastline, the Douro is one of the Iberian peninsula’s largest and most traveled rivers.
Translating to ‘river of gold,’ the Douro takes its moniker from the bright Iberian sun that bathes the river.
Venturing up the Douro Valley, a World Heritage Site, will put you into the heart of premium port and ‘sticky wine’ country. Learn all you need to know about this very special wine region at the Museu do Douro, the wine museum in Peso da Régua.
As you sail past olive groves, vineyards and almond plantations, you’ll enjoy the serenity and diversity of this 557 mile-long river.
Lamego, Pinhão, Favaios, Castelo Rodrigo, Bitetos and Salamanca may not be household names among travelers but once you have explored them, you’ll definitely pass the word around.
Mateus however may be more familiar due to the world famous rosé it produces. With its stablemate white wine variety, it represents 40% of Portugal’s table wine exports. The palace on the Mateus label (Casa de Mateus), is open to the public.