[ Quinta das Carvalhas
Wine Tourism Programs ]

The property and it's history...

Quinta das Carvalhas is the most emblematic and spectacular property in the Douro Valley.  Written references regarding this magnificent vineyard can be traced back to 1759. Enjoying a prominent position on the left bank of the Douro river, in Pinhão, the estate covers the entire hillside facing the Douro river and occupies part of the slopes of the right bank of the tributary Torto river.

This magnificent property exceeds one thousand acres of land, integrating 300 acres of vineyards, among woods and olive trees.  Its beautiful lanscape provides a unique view of the valley, enjoying a scenic private road to the top of the hill, through vineyards and gardens, where the property’s guesthouse is located, offering a 360º panoramic view.

Since the 1950’s, the Estate has been property of the Silva Reis family, also proprietors of Real Companhia Velha, the oldest company in Portugal, founded by Royal Charter of King D. José I in 1756.

The manor house is located by the river, surrounded by vineyards that start from 80 meters (above sea level) up to 400 meters.  High altitude vineyards privilege white grapes, which benefit from a cooler climate and fresher breezes, contributing to craft the level of acidity and minerality that typifies the complex white wines of Carvalhas, rich in character and freshness. Red grapes are located on the lower lands, gaining from the northern to southern sun exposure that provides deep intense Ports and Douro wines filled with character and elegance.

From the entire vineyard, 75 acres are old vines.  Some of them, post-phylloxera plantations are reaching the respectful age of a century.  Those old vines are high-density blend field plantations of the traditional grape varietais indigenous to the Douro, which include over 20 different varietais, corresponding to the ancestral way of plantation in the valley.

Carvalhas is also a great example of sustainable agriculture in the Douro valley, using the best viticulture practices, and thourought the biodiversity program that has been implemented, the property offers tours for tourists.  Visitors can enjoy the vineyards, landscape and other activities such as bird watching, natural flora identification and walking tracks.

The eco-system service provided by this great environment, has made a major contribution to the reduction of natural diseases in the vines and consequently minimising the use of pesticides, contributing to the production of profitable and “healthy” grapes, while at the same time preserving the environment.

These are essential conditions which will be passed on to future generations – a clean, organised and safe place – where fauna and flora can co-exist in harmony with human presence, leaving nature to take its own course without major interference.

 

Contacts:

Cell: 254 738 050
E-mail: carvalhas@realcompanhiavelha.pt

Real Companhia Velha – Quinta das Carvalhas, Douro, Pinhão

PROGRAMS OF
WINE TOURISM

WINE SHOP & WINE TASTING

At the Quinta das Carvalhas Wine Shop we offer the possibility to purchase and taste all of our wines partnered with local cheeses having all wines served by the glass. In 2016, our Wine Shop was complemented with a private tasting room.

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Dates: Open everyday, except 24th and 25th of December & 1st and 2nd of January.
Opening Hours: 10h00-13h00 & 14h00-19h00 (Spring-Summer) or 14h00-18h00 (Autumn-Winter)

ROYAL BUS SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Discover Quinta das Carvalhas aboard an open top minibus! Starting at Pinhão, our Royal Bus Sightseeing Tour takes you to all corners of the Quinta and up to our famed Round House. A fantastic experiense which offers the chance to capture and enjoy the wonderful Douro landscape on an unforgettable trip. The tour finishes at our Wine Shop with a tasting of two Quinta das Carvalhas Reserve Ports.

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Price (Including VAT): € 12,50 (adults) | € 5,00 (children 4-11 years) | free (children up to 3 years)
Limit: up to 20 people
Dates: May to September – Tuesday to Sunday | Other Months – booking only
Opening hours: 10h30 – 12h00 – 15h00 – 17h00

VINTAGE TOUR

Álvaro Martinho is the viticultural manager at Quinta das Carvalhas. As a true Douro local, he enjoys this Quinta as his second home, knowing each corner and road like the palm of his hand. Enjoying the unique experience of a personal tour of Quinta das Carvalhas with Álvaro reveals to be a geniunly unique experience in the Douro, and in the World! Join this tour and appreciate a direct contact with nature in the vines, mediterranian forests and gardens, alongside the people who work them. We offer the chance to see the Douro thorugh the eyes of a local and to relish the greatness of the region with a detailed explanation of everything happening at the Quinta. The tour finishes at our wine shop for a tasting of the top Wines of Carvalhas (White, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Nacional & Vinhas Velhas), paired with a platter of local cheeses and charcuterie, finishing with a glass of Port.

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Price (including VAT): € 90,00 (adults) | € 5,00 (children 4-11 years) | free (children up to 3 years)
Upgrade: With tasting at The Ruin with a View, there will be an additional charge of €15.00 per person.
Dates: Booking only
Opening hours: 10h00

VINEYARD GUIDED TOUR

Enjoy the unique experience of a personal tour of Quinta das Carvalhas, and appreciate a direct contact with nature in the vines, mediterranian forests and gardens, alongside the people who work them. We offer the chance to see the Douro thorugh the eyes of a local and to relish the greatness of the region with a detailed explanation of everything happening at the Quinta. The tour finishes at our wine shop for a tasting of a white, a red and a Port paired with local cheeses and charcuterie.

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Price (including VAT): € 35,00 (adults) | € 5,00 (children 4-11 years) | free (children up to 3 years)
Dates: everyday, except 24 to 26 of December, 01 and 02 of January – booking only
Opening hours: 10h00

A RUIN WITH A VIEW

Upgrade the Vineyard Guided Tour and appreciate the landscape of the Douro accompanied by local tapas and top wines from Quinta das Carvalhas at our “Ruin with a View”, a partially recovered ruin turned into an open air tasting room. Enjoy this scenery with our top “Carvalhas White” and “Touriga Nacional” & a glass of Port.

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Price (including VAT): € 45,00 (adults) | € 5,00 (children 4-11 years) | free (children up to 3 years)
Dates: everyday, except 24 to 26 of December, 01 and 02 of January – booking only
Opening hours: 10h00

HARVEST EXPERIENCE

We offer a different visit to the Real Companhia Velha world for an unforgeteable experience. We welcome you to gather a group of friends and celebrate the harvest time at Quinta das Carvalhas in Pinhão and Quinta do Casal da Granja in Alijó. For more information please visit our website.

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Price for full program(including VAT): € 85,00 (adults) | free (children up to 3 years)
Dates: Available during the harvest period
Opening hours: 10h15
Booking Only

WALKS & TRAILS

At Quinta das Carvalhas we have available a challenging yet relaxing walking trail for adventurers and nature lovers. We offer visitors the chance to enter the Quinta and follow a track amongst vines, forests, terraces, orchards and olive trees to finish at our Wine Shop for a tasting of Quinta das Carvalhas Ports.

All tracks are signaled accordingly as well as a Map is given to every visitor.

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Price (VAT included): € 10,00 (adults) | € 5,00 (children 6-12 years) | free (children up to 5 years)
Available all year | Mon-Sun (Except 24 to 26 and 31 December, 01 and 02 January)
Available hours: 10:00 -12:00; 14:00-16:00; 16:00-18:00 (Last time period only available between March and October).
Booking only