Early booking savings : save up to £105 pp – ends 28 Aug

Highlights

  • Design and blend your own Vinho Verde
  • Enjoy a glass of wine from your private in-room cellar, overlooking the vineyards
  • Take a guided tour of Quinta da Lixa winery
  • Rejuvenate at the spa after a day of explorations

Immerse yourself in the emerald heart of Portugal's Vinho Verde region, where the luxurious Monverde Wine Experience Hotel awaits. For three blissful nights, you'll enjoy a stay in one of the Minho region's premier hotels, looking out upon a tapestry of verdant vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Become a vintner for a day, crafting your own unique blend of Vinho Verde, a delightful local specialty. Delve into the captivating secrets of the Quinta da Lixa vineyards, where the magic of winemaking unfolds. Your immersion in all things wine will be complete. But the pleasures don't end there. Indulge in the delectable flavours of traditional Portuguese cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and pamper yourself with a rejuvenating treatment in the on-site spa.


Day 1

Fly to Porto

Indulge in pre-flight pampering at the airport lounge before your short flight to Porto, Portugal's captivating second city. Collect your awaiting car, before leaving the urban bustle behind as you weave your way through rolling Portuguese countryside, drawn towards the emerald embrace of the Minho region. In the heart of this picturesque landscape, Monverde Wine Experience Hotel stands out as a haven of tranquillity, surrounded by rolling hills and verdant vineyards. Settle into the sanctuary of your own Wine Experience Suite – located in its own building – where modern and elegant furnishings pair with a private wine cellar and an exclusive pool overlooking the vineyards. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, before relishing an included dinner experience featuring Chef Silva's signature dishes, a delicious fusion of modernity and tradition. Expect fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally, showcasing the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Wine Experience Suite

Wine Experience Suite


Day 2

Wine blending & sensory experience

Enjoy breakfast this morning, with a good selection of fresh fruits, cheeses, meats and pastries. Then, it's time to unleash your inner winemaker with a wine blending and sensory experience. Your journey begins in the sensory room, where you'll explore the captivating aromas that define Vinho Verde wines. This will heighten your sense of smell and prepare you for the exciting blending process. Next, you'll embark on a guided tasting of individual grape varietals. Learn about their unique characteristics and histories, before unleashing your creativity. You'll have the chance to measure and blend these varieties to create a personalised wine that reflects your taste and preferences. Best of all, once you've perfected your preferred blend, you'll bottle it yourself, adding a cork and capsule. To commemorate your achievement, you'll even design your own custom label. Your very own bottled wine serves as a tangible reminder of your creation, a conversation starter guaranteed to impress friends and family. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a pampering treatment at the on-site spa before savouring another delicious dinner this evening, using your new-found knowledge to pair the perfect wine.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Portuguese Vinho Verde

Portuguese Vinho Verde

Spa

Spa


Day 3

Beyond the cellar doors

Near the charming village of Lixa – just a 5 minute drive from the hotel – lies Quinta da Lixa. This esteemed winery embodies the Meireles family's generations-long dedication to crafting exceptional Vinho Verde (green wine). Today, you'll have the privilege of exploring this private winery, learning more about the subtleties which make its produce so highly sought after. Your exploration begins with a captivating tour through breathtaking landscapes, in the heart of the flourishing vineyards. Discover the unique grape varieties that call this place home, each adding its special touch to the celebrated wines. As you delve into the subtle nuances that set them apart, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the artistry of crafting exceptional wines. Throughout this delightful journey, your palate will be tantalised by tastings from Quinta da Lixa's esteemed portfolio.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Vineyards of Vinho Verde

Vineyards of Vinho Verde

Dining at Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Dining at Monverde Wine Experience Hotel


Day 4

Return to the UK

Enjoy a last morning in the vineyards before heading back to Porto. Speak with a specialist if you would like to add on a couple of nights in Porto, or drop off your hire car in time for your flight back to the UK.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"While the Douro Valley dominates Portuguese viticulture, the unique micro-climates of its Minho subregion produces a lighter, crisp and bubbly white wine known as Vinho Verde. This itinerary celebrates the art behind this world-class wine, while the Wine Experience Suite offers you a chance to sleep between its storied vineyards."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Early booking savings : save up to £105 pp
Offer ends 28 August

Guide price from £1,040 pp incl. flights

29 Sep - 02 Nov 2024 from: £1,040 pp incl. flights — save up to £105 pp
31 May - 26 Jul / 01 - 28 Sep 2024 from: £1,255 pp incl. flights
27 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 from: £1,315 pp incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return UK to Porto flights
  • Car hire
  • 3 nights accommodation on HB basis (wine not included)
  • Wine Blending and Sensory Experience at Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
  • Beyond the Cellar Doors tour and tastings at Quinta da Lixa

Additional tasting experiences are available on request, please ask you specialist for details

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