Top Wineries in the Douro Valley and How to Visit Them

Polina
Polina

A sommelier and a wine tour guide. I travel all around Portugal collecting the best wineries to visit, best places to stay and eat.

I organize wine tours in the Douro Valley.

Pintas wine bottle

The Douro region has a status of (Denominação de Origem Controlada or Controlled Origin Denomination), the highest classification for a region of wine in Portugal.  

Douro wines labelled “DOC” satisfy the strict standards defined by Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, including grape varieties, vineyard locations, ageing processes, and quality standards.

Higher quality wines defined for ageing have the designation Reserva or Grande Reserva on the label. 

While often wineries produce “single quinta” wines, DOC wines are not required to be produced at the estate. Grapes from different classified parcels can be used. Wineries themselves are not ranked within the DOC system.

However, wine lovers and critics know their favourite Douro wineries.  Many of my wine tour clients ask for exclusive tasting experiences in the Douro Valley and high-end wine tastings.

This list made with the help with of the recent tasting panel for the Best Wines of Portugal by Grandes Escolhas, includes top wines that you must try in the Douro.  

Which are the top wineries in Douro Valley?

Here is the list of top wineries to visit in the Douro Valley for real wine connoisseurs.  

I have included approximate wine prices so you can have idea on the ranges.

To visit these top wineries, you would need to rent a car or get on a private wine tour to help you make the reservations and to navigate the winding mountainous roads of Douro. 

If you need help organising your exclusive tastings at these top wineries, please contact me and check out my private custom Douro Valley Tours.

Quinta do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto located on the Northern bank of the Douro river, is open every day and offers premium wine tastings as well as wine pairing lunches.

Wines to taste 

 
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2019
 

Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional is a premium wine produced with 100% Touriga Nacional grapes and is only bottled in years in which a high level of quality is achieved.

The Touriga Nacional is a very fresh grape variety and brings youthfulness to this very hot region. In addition to providing freshness, has a distinct aromatic component, where violet aromas stand out. 

Price: 55 euros

Quinta da Gaivosa is open for visits and tastings.  You will have an opportunity to taste some of the best and well-regarded wines of the Douro Valley with fantastic views.

As the quinta is a bit out of the way, it has a very exclusive non-touristic feel to it.

Wines to taste

 
Abandonado Douro Tinto 2019
 

One of the finest wines of Portugal made from grapes of 80-year old vineyards. 

Price: 130 euros

Memórias 30 anos Alves de Sousa Douro Tinto
 

Wine celebrating 30 years of the winemaking family.  Mixed vineyard grapes.

Price: 220 euros

Quinta da Gaivosa Douro Tinto 2020
 

Complex, structured and elegant wine worthy of bottle aging. 

Price: 40 euros

Rosa Celeste Douro Rose 2021
 

Made as a blend of Tinto Cão (70%) and Touriga Nacional (30%), this wine is elegant and well-structured.

Wine & Soul

Wine & Soul has excellent wines, beautiful views and a chance to meet one of the most regarded young female winemakers in Portugal.

I recommend Wine & Soul premium tasting.

Wines to taste

 
Pintas Douro Tinto 2021

Wine from a single 90-year-old plot, with around 40 indigenous Douro grape varieties. A wine of great complexity and balance with notes of of black cherry and black currant. 

Price: 120 euros

Guru Douro Branco 2022

This is an exclusive Douro white crafted from old vineyard grapes including Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho and Gouveio.  Juice was fermented in French oak barrels for 4 weeks and aged in the same barrels for 7 months.

The aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, lime are prevalent in Guru along with strong mineral notes. 

Price: 40 euros

Wines to taste

 
Quinta Nova Vinha Centenária Ref P28/P21 Douro Tinto 2020

A blend of production from Plot 28 planted with the Tinta Roriz with the century-old plot 21, this wine is mineral, rich in black fruit and spicy notes, well-structured with high concentration.

Price: 85 euros

Quinta Nova Vinha Centenária Ref P29/P21 Douro Tinto 2020

Parcel 29 planted with the Touriga Nacional grape variety.   It is blended with mixed varieties from old-vineyard plot 21 to present the classic flavour panel of Douro. 

Price: 85 euros

Mirabilis Douro Tinto 2021

This wine is a product of careful selection of the best plots. Made in very small quantities, matured in the best barrels, the wine is a result of rigorous tasting and blending.

Price: 150 euros

 

Quinta do Noval

Wines to taste

 
Quinta do Noval Vinhas da Marka Douro Tinto 2019 

A blend of production from Plot 28 planted with the Tinta Roriz with the century-old plot 21, this wine is mineral, rich in black fruit and spicy notes, well-structured with high concentration.

Price: 85 euros

Quinta Nova Vinha Centenária Ref P29/P21 Douro Tinto 2020

Parcel 29 planted with the Touriga Nacional grape variety.   It is blended with mixed varieties from old-vineyard plot 21 to present the classic flavour panel of Douro. 

Price: 85 euros

Mirabilis Douro Tinto 2021 

This wine is a product of careful selection of the best plots. Made in very small quantities, matured in the best barrels, the wine is a result of rigorous tasting and blending.

Price: 150 euros

I have not visited Quanta Terra yet, but their wines tell the story.  For me, the winery is to discover.  It appears to be a truly unique experience.

The project of two oenologists Celso Pereira and Jorge Alves produced their first wine in 1999.

The winery proposes several tasting options, including the tasting of their top wines with one of the owners.   

Wines to taste

 
Quanta Terra “Golden Edition” Douro Branco 2016

Gouveio and Viosinho from high altitude vineyards are blended in this wine.  The aromas of honey and kerosene are persistent in this complex wine with the excellent body. 

Price: 66 Euros

Quanta Terra Manifesto Douro Tinto 2017

Price: 70 euros

Luis Seabra Vinhos

Estrada Nacional 222, Lugar do Seixinhal, São João da Pesqueira
 

 In 2012, Luis Seabra left his prestigious job at Niepoort to produce his own wines.  Today, Luis Seabra’s wine are known around the world.  

Luis Seabra’s objective is to make wines from a single vineyard with minimal intervention, raw and pure. 

The tasting at Luis Seabra Wines is the chance to see the character and soul of modern Douro winemaking.  The winery does not have a wine tourism program, but I recommend trying to contact the winemakers and ask for a tasting. 

The winery is closed on the weekends.

Wines to taste

 
Xisto CRU Douro Tinto 2021 

Price: 48 euros

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