The visitor centre at the Duoro ValleyCroft Port’s new visitor centre offers tourists an insight into a working vineyard, with tastings of a range of Croft Ports, tours of the vineyards and wineries and a chance to experience the foot-treading of the grapes.
Quinta da Roeda, near the village of Pinhao in Portugal, has terraced vineyards overlooking the River Duoro.
The vineyards and cellars were extensively renovated when Croft returned to family ownership in 2001, including reintroducing traditional granite lagares – the large tanks used for food-treading grapes.
Tourists will have the opportunity to participate in traditional foot-treading at the visitor centre during harvest time.
See also: The discovery of Duoro terroir
Croft Port was founded in 1588 and bought the Quinta da Roeda estate in 1889. The estate has been the main source of wine
The Alto Douro wine province, where Quinta da Roeda is located, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The area has been producing wine for around 2,000 years and the landscape is inherently representative of the full range of historic and modern activities associated with wine building.
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