In response to the increased demand for accommodation in the region, Quinta do Vallado opens, in March 2012, its new Country Hotel. The Traditional House, that once belonged to Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira – the legendary Ferreirinha – and is now managed by her great-grandsons, had already five rooms available. It worked as a Guest House and will keep full availability, although integrated in the new Hotel. This new wine tourism project is now more skilled and diverse, offering a whole new dimension that will make the difference in all those who stay there.
The project of the new Hotel has the signature of the architect Francisco Vieira de Campos, who chose to follow the architectural language of the cellar. Surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and aromatic gardens, the Country Hotel at Quinta do Vallado now offers two buildings with very different set-ups, unifying tradition and modernity in a whole experience of Douro and its unique atmosphere. The interiors are full of references to a northern-European vintage style, sharing its surroundings with national materials in a perfect balance. The fireplaces in the common areas call for moments of pure dolce far niente or cosy gatherings with friends – duly accompanied, of course, by a bottle of the nectar masterfully produced in this historical farm.
Quinta do Vallado is a unique project, placing itself at the highest level within the wine tourism sector. Its guests receive daily treats, such as turndown service, a bottle of Vallado red wine in every room and an exquisite, yet traditional, breakfast with several, but traditional, homemade delicacies.
The outside surroundings were designed in detail. The sunny days invite the guests for a swim at the pool, located at an idyllic hillside faced to the river Corgo, among vineyards and fruit trees. There is also the chance of having a massage (by appointment), guided walks, bicycle riding, boat cruises, fishing sessions, country picnics, traditional cooking classes, wine tastings and wine tasting classes.
The culinary offer keeps focused in regional and homemade products and wines, but are now more diverse. It will always be possible to have light meals in different places in the property. The menu will consist on tapas, regional cheeses and sausages, salads and sandwiches. The Casa da Ramada, an old building with fireplace or foliage for summer days, is still open for group lunches or dinners, by appointment. In this case, the meals will always be composed by traditional menus and accompanied by Vallado wines.
The new Quinta do Vallado’s Hotel is more than a wine tourism place: it gives every guest a whole experience of leisure, culture and welfare. This is something one cannot explain – you must try it yourself. It is more than worth to take a weekend or the next vacations to get to know Douro and Quinta do Vallado!
Quinta do Vallado, one member of the Douro Boys
The Douro Boys group was founded in 2003, and was formed by five highly respected wine producers of white, red and port wines from the Douro Valley. They are committed to quality and to increasing the awareness of Portuguese wines throughout the world. The five families include Roquette from Quinta do Crasto, Olazabal from Quinta do Vale Meao, van Zeller from Quinta do Vale D. Maria, Niepoort from Quinta do Napoles und Ferreira from Quinta do Vallado, and it was the first group to actively promote Portuguese wines across the world.
They travel continuously throughout all five continents, from Asia to South America, to present and promote the outstanding potential of the Douro Valley to wine connoisseurs and consumers.
Quinta do Vallado
There are two formative stages in Quinta do Vallado’s history; the period from its founding in 1716 until 1987, when Port was predominantly produced for the Ferreira family shippers label, and the second stage which started in 1990, when it began to produce dry white and red wines, and bottle them using the “Quinta do Vallado” label. The restructuring of the vineyards was completed in 2002, and Quinta do Vallado currently cultivates a total vineyard area of 64 hectares, of which 38 hectares are new vineyards. Twenty six hectares still include sites with very old vines. In 2005, Quinta do Vallado opened a guesthouse within the main part of the historical Quinta property. Since 2012 the “Country Wine Hotel” and the guest house together offer 13 rooms in both buildi ngs.