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Wine Tour and Regional Picnic in a Vinho Verde Estate from Porto

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    Stop At: Quinta de Santa Cristina, Rua de Santa Cristina, 80 Veade, Celorico de Basto 4890-587 Portugal

    The Quinta de Santa Cristina, a secular family estate, is part of the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde (in the northwest of Portugal), one of the largest and oldest demarcated regions in the world and where is produced a wine with unique characteristics.

    It is located in Celorico de Basto, 45 minutes away from Porto or from Braga, by car, enjoying good access. You can chose start your wine tour at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm at the estate.

    The visit, always in small-groups and guided by a person from the estate, begins with the explanation of the history of Vinho Verde and Quinta de Santa Cristina.

    Then there is a short walk (about 1km) that includes a passage through the vineyards surrounding the winery, allowing to observe the characteristics of the grape varieties, soils, irrigation and winegrowing process. It also includes a visit to the camellias' garden and the chapel of Santa Cristina.

    The visit continues in the winery, built in 2012, discovering the secrets of the Vinho verde production. You will get to know the grape reception area, presses area, traditional stone tanks called “lagares”, where the red grapes are foot treading, vat and fermentation area, wine cellar of sparkling wine, ending in the bottling area.

    At the end, there is a visit to the wine shop and then the visitor will taste some of our wines paired with a regional picnic: corn bread, smoked ham, pork meat made with red wine, sheep cheese, a jam made with sparkling wine, patties, cod fritters, grilled alheira, codfish salad, tomato salad, pork breaded, a traditional cake and coffee. The picnic will be complemented with a short explanation of the aromas and flavors of the tasted wines. If the weather is good, the picnic occurs on the terrace, overlooking the vineyards and the mountains of Marão and Alvão - a stunning view. Come check this and discover this unique wine in the World!

    In the end, you can buy wines and regional products in our shop and we offer you a souvenir so you never forget of the Vinho Verde Quinta de Santa Cristina and good memories you will create here!

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Reviewed 12 June 2019

    Was staying in the area. 20 minute drive. Really enjoyed the tour and picnic. Picnic was like a full meal with 2 bottles of wine as well. Great value for the experience. Highly suggest

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank 9dnsb
    QuintadeSC, Wine Tourism Manager at Quinta de Santa Cristina, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2019

    Dear 9dnsb, Thank you very much for your review! It was a pleasure receive you at Quinta de Santa Cristina! See you next time! Thank you! Ana Nunes Wine Tourism Manager

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