Douro Valley, Portugal
At a Glance
Traditional quinta estate in the Douro Valley, surrounded by rolling hillside
The property boasts just 11 rooms, with views out over the vineyard and river below
Extensive outdoor seating areas, including a terrace, outdoor pool and winter garden make the most of the tranquil setting
Enjoy tastings in the 18th century winery, or walking trails through the vines and orchards
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Porto and the Douro Valley can be visited year-round, however the best times to travel are spring, early summer and autumn. During these times the weather is pleasant, however in July and August temperatures can reach up to 45°C. In the winter, temperatures drop and it can be rainy, particularly in November, December and January.
To start planning your vacation to Quinta Nova
Housed in a renovated 18th century manor in the Douro Valley, Quinta Nova offers a chance to taste life on a vineyard with winery tours and walks through the surrounding hills. With just 11 rooms, it promises an authentic and tranquil stay.
A traditional manor house, Quinta Nova is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Douro Valley, amongst 120 hectares of established vines and with stunning views across the hills and the river below. With a number of wine experiences, and various walking trails taking you from the hotel through vineyards and fruit orchards, Quinta Nova offers a relaxing stay in authentic surroundings.
The 11 rooms are traditionally furnished, the dark wood of the beds contrasting with crisp white Portuguese linen, with soft rugs laid across the wooden floors. With views over the vineyard and river, they are a welcoming place to relax with a glass of local wine. Outside, the whitewashed walls are heavy with scented flowers, providing a scenic backdrop to the various outdoor seating areas, including the serene terrace and winter garden.
Overlooking the vineyard-studded hills, the outdoor pool is a delightful spot to unwind and soak in the tranquillity of the valley. The restaurant offers delicious meals created from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and eaten on the terrace with its panoramic views.
Making the most of the setting, activities focus on the traditional winery and the surrounding landscape, with wine tastings, tours, and even a chance to make your own wine. With 8km of walking and biking trails, as well as boat, train and helicopter experiences, there is plenty to occupy guests directly from this charming hotel.
The guest rooms are separated into two buildings, with 6 Premium rooms in the main house, and 5 Terrace rooms in an adjacent building, all boasting vineyard and river views. Large, inviting beds made up with Portuguese linens and woollen blankets, comfortable armchairs and traditional decor, create a warm and welcoming retreat after a day spent exploring the Douro Valley.
While the bedrooms can accommodate an extra bed and a cot and the restaurant offers a children’s menu, we feel that this hotel is best suited to couples looking for an authentic or gastronomic experience.
For a small property, Quinta Nova has more than its share of facilities, most notably the winery, but also an outdoor pool with extensive views down to the river, walking and biking trails, fruit orchards, a winter garden, wine shop, boat pier, heliport, library and chapel. The restaurant offers a changing menu of locally sourced, seasonal dishes that showcase the flavors of the region.
While the setting and comfortable surrounds are a highlight of the property, it is the many experiences available that make it truly special. Take a tour of the winery, dating from 1764, including the barrels room and underground cellar, before sampling the wines and carefully paired tapas. For a more immersive experience, spend a day in the harvest, picking the grapes before a tasting session and lunch on the terrace overlooking the vines, or try your hand at making your own wine, blending, bottling, corking and labelling one to take home.
Haile Brant (Staff)
The winding road up the mountain is seemingly endless, but all the while your view is encompassed by live vines flourishing up the mountain sides and small peaks of the Douro Valley, before you arrive at Quinta Nova. On the walk to my room, the view is awe-inspiring with steep views of vines that are nearly 80 years old and still thriving. The room had a very comfortable farm house feel to it, and this is continued throughout the hotel as Quinta Nova used to be a farm house owned by a wealthy family. Truly, character is the championing factor of this property. A must-do activity is the wine tasting tour, as Quinta Nova grow, harvest and produce their own wine on site. However what steals the hearts of the guests staying at the property is the outstanding cuisine provided by the talented chef of Quinta Nova's restaurant. The daily changing menu is so dynamic and ensures that guests staying for more than just a couple of days will never get bored of the food on offer. Quinta Nova is really a special property that I think would be absolutely perfect for a couples getaway or a honeymoon.
Emma Jones (Staff)
I loved this property. With only 11 rooms and a maximum of 22 guests, it really is a wonderfully peaceful hideaway. Waking up to the sun shining over a valley of vineyards and olive groves and the sparkling river below was an idyllic start to the day, and in summer, you can make the most of the long, balmy evenings sat out for dinner and drinks on the hotel's terrace. Originally an old Quinta, or wine producing house, the hotel's style and decor reflects its former purpose and more rustic past, to create a cosy and homely feel which is reinforced by the welcoming and friendly staff. Dinner in the hotel's restaurant is also a more personal affair as each day the kitchen staff put together two completely new set menus for guests to choose from. In this way, you will be introduced to a variety of delicious dishes throughout your stay, and can be sure of the absolute freshness of each meal. The only slight disadvantage of the property is the lack of a hot breakfast option, but there is, nevertheless, enough choice on the cold buffet to cater for most tastes, and the freshly squeezed orange juice is delicious!
Day in the Harvest, Quinta Nova
Experience traditional wine tasting with the unique opportunity to learn about the methods behind harvesting wine. Enjoy tastings and learn about the winemaking process as you go.
Private boat trip on the Douro
Experience the beauty of the Douro Valley in style - cruise along the river in your very own private boat. Admire the incredible scenery and stop for lunch in a traditional quinta, or enjoy a relaxing meal on board.
Winemaker for a day, Quinta Nova
Discover the art of traditional wine production and try your hand at creating your own with this guided winemaking tour.
Location & directions
Douro Valley, Portugal
Set in the rolling hillside of the Douro Valley, Quinta Nova is accessible by road, boat and helicopter. It is a 2-hour drive from Porto.
How to get there
Fly to Porto, where the property can be accessed by road or by boat along the Douro River. Helicopter transfers are a quick and scenic way to arrive to Quinta Nova.