DOC DMC is a company that offers services around wine and promotes Wine Tourism in Portugal My experience comes from Tourism in first place, this knowledge I am now using to develop wine tourism services in Portugal. Portugal has an excellent potential considering landscapes, wines and infrastructure , for Winetourism ! It is a small country where several wine regions can be discovered within a few Days . We realised that the main reason for this is that it is not promoted enough !
Portugal has a long standing tradition in wine growing. The first denominated area in the world was defined in Portugal back in the 18th century by Marques do Pombal . The Douro Valley is nowadays a world culture heritage landscape. Portugal has been mainly known for its fortified wine, the Portwine and Madeira wine during decades. Mateus Rosé was probably during long times the only portuguese table wine that was really popular abroad. In recent years as portuguese wines got more wellknown the interest in Portugal as a Grape Escape has grown.
Different Types of Wintourists different needs
the professional Wine traveller
the passionate Wine traveller
Portugal can has a fantastic offer for all of
Some outstanding projects in Portugal especially for Wine lovers
José Maria Fonseca Winery needs to be mentioned here. Situated just on the opposite side of the Tagus river this winery is not only famous for tis muscatel but since the last century it was the first producer of table wine in Portugal. It’s brand Piriquita is available in most of the portuguese Restaurants in and around Lisbon still today. The family owned company decided to invest into wine tourism a long time ago. The manor house of its origins was transformed into a museum and since 2 years a stylish Enoround Wine dispensers makes their whole selection of wines available to visitors of this winery for tasting. With the innovative winecard system guests to this winery are available to try even the 20 year old Muscatel, thus being motivated to buy also high quality wines.
Quinta da Bacalhôa – Quinta dos Loridos , near Lisbon Wine &Art a perfect combination José Berardo a wellknown portuguese entrepreneur and art lover owns part of these wineries. He had the idea to set masterpieces of Art throughout the Bacalhôa Winery, so despite of winetasting the visitor can appreciate a rich collection of historical tiles as well as a replica of the chinese soldiers from theTerracotta Army , amongst others. At Quinta dos Loridos , famous for it’s champagne production he had the revolutionary idea to set a huge Chinese garden in the middle of the soft wine hills of the OESTE – an area quite virgin untill today in tourism development. Quinta dos Loridos attracts thousand of visitors every weekend to taste the wines of the “Bacalhôa Vinhos empire “ and have a relaxing visit to the gardens.
Inaugurated in june 2007, at quinta vale de abraão, the Aquapura Douro Valley has become a reference in the world luxury hotels industry. 50 rooms in an entirely renovated 19th century manor house, 21 villas of pure contemporary design, a 2200m2 spa for pure indulgence and a 5 hectare woodland by the river bank await you in the magnificent setting of the douro valley. Naturally the wine list in its 3 restaurants is quite exceptional. in either restaurant you can choose from a selection of over 200 wines, 15 champagnes and 20 bottled waters from all over the world. the douro wines make up to 50% of this list. two thirds of these are reds. In 2009 the Aquapura was the headquarter of Douro Filmfestival which Took place in September and was the first of its kind.
THE YEATMANN – Vila Nova de Gaia – Porto - Defines a destination !! A fantastic wine hotel in Porto – owned by the traditional Taylor’s Winery. 82 rooms facing the Douro River and the beautiful Ribeira Area in Porto – an Open Air Museum and a World Culture Heritage Area. The Outdoor pool has the shape of a Wine Decanter and each of it’s room is sponsored and dedicated to the many renowned wine producers of the country. Wine Spa and and the Gourmet restaurant and winebar complete the hospitality offer of this Property , entirely dedicated to Wine experience.
Coming soon - L’ANDS vineyards - Alentejo – Montemor L’ands is Land &something more….. A project promoted by Sousa Cunhal Turismo and Lagrimas Hotels and Emotion Group, situated in the wide plains of Alentejo. 5 internationally wellknown architects were invited to design 5 clusters of serviced villas and country houses. The owners will have the choice to own their own vineyard, and/or make their own wine using the grapes grown in the common vineyard belonging to the property. L’ands is a project for those who wish to experience life in a rural environment with all possible sophistication. Owners can choose to rent out their houses and villas to visitors from abroad as a holiday home. Opening during 2011
WINELANDS OF PORTUGAL Winelands of Portugal was created by our company in order to permit visitors from abroad to discover the Best of Wineries and local gastronomy in Portugal’s DOC Areas. The little Roadbooks come with Tasting vouchers to allow winetastings and tasting Of local Gastronomy. In 2009 the Douro edition of Winelands Portugal was awarded the Best of Winetourism price by the Great Wine Capitals of the World.