Harvest season in the Douro Valley: heritage and culture
From the bright green to the vibrant autumn colours. That’s how Douro Valley transitions into the enchanting harvest season. A unique glimpse into its winemaking heritage.
This is by far the most important season in the valley and as it now begins, Feel Discovery gives you a privileged insight into what you can expect if you’re visiting this wine region during this time of the year.
A Winemaking Legacy
The heart of the Douro Valley's charm lies in its grapes. Renowned varieties like Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz found their home here, contributing to the rich variety of wines that the region is celebrated for.
The Timing of the Harvest
The Douro Valley's harvest season typically takes place from September to October. The exact timing can vary depending on factors like weather conditions and grape varieties. This period is carefully chosen to ensure that the grapes are ready to be harvested.
The importance of human touch
A process in form of art. Families who have been tending to their vineyards for generations gather to harvest the grapes by hand. The picking is often accompanied by laughter, and music, and can be experienced by Feel Discovery guests at properties like Quinta do Muro and Quinta da Seara.
Wine Production in Action
Once the grapes are harvested, they're transported to the Quintas (wine estates) where the wine production process begins. Grapes are sorted, destemmed, and gently crushed. This juice will eventually become the foundation for the region's iconic wines, including the famous Port wine.
Guests at the Feel Discovery properties are invited to participate in this entire process of grape stomping, indulge in traditional Douro cuisine, and raise a glass of the previous year's vintage.
Whether you're a wine enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply someone seeking an authentic cultural experience, the harvest season in the Douro Valley promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of winemaking.