Quinta do Crasto
“Personal Home of Portugal’s Premier Wine Producer with Jaw-dropping Views of the Douro Valley.” - Reviewed by Lisa
WONDERFULLY WIXXY 5-STAR
MIGUEL PERFECT PICK: “Make sure you taste the Roquette and Cazes red!”
Ever dreamed of owning your own vineyard? Now’s your chance! Stride between the bright, beautiful vines in the early morning and then amble back up the hill to purvey your kingdom.
If guests of Quinta do Crasto – and you’d recognize past guests by name – make it to this idyllic perch, then they have the opportunity to stay in a classy, comfortable home in working vineyards. Layers of history reveal themselves among the antiques as well as the photo and curio collections. Squidgy, comfy sofas and cozy corners add to the environment of well-being. And the views simply take your breath away! As you would expect, meals and wine selections are first-class. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take personal tours of the cellars and even an introduction to the art of wine and port making.
Al fresco dining is the order of the day…and who wouldn’t want to take in the magnificent vistas from the large patios and pool area? Emphasis here is on the finest local produce – herbs and vegetables are grown right on the property in the market garden. You are invited to pick your own produce if you care to help out the chef.
Meals can be eaten al fresco in the large, bright dining room or even pool-side – both have the same stunning views which you will never tire of. The ladies in the kitchen are all locals and create everything from hearty regional specialties to light, simple meals.
FOCUS ON GASTRONOMY
Breakfast: Usually served buffet-style for everybody’s leisure. Includes a made-that-morning selection of breads and a hot-from-the-oven, not-to-be-missed Portuguese specialty – Pasteis Nata. Fresh juices, hams and cheeses, homemade marmalades and eggs-cooked-to-order are served daily.
Lunch: At your request, but typically a lighter fare accompanied by a selection of local cheese, fresh breads, fish, salads and simple cuts of meat.
Dinner: Quite the experience served al fresco (there are plenty of moveable hat lamps for chillier evenings) can be a simple buffet with salads, local Portuguese specialties and choice of house-made desserts. Or, it can be a sit-down, multi-course meal served in the elegant dining room. It goes without saying that all meals are expertly paired with the finest wines from Crasto and neighbouring vineyards.
Snacks and Quinta do Crasto wines are available all day – on the main terrace, poolside or snuggled in your living room.