Wine has been produced on these steep, stone-walled terraces for 2,000 years, and the views of the Pinhão valley are breathtaking. Wander down to Patricía’s vineyard, a 1km stroll. Pre-book a picnic, sample the wines, listen to the stories.
On the upper floor of this old village house are two rustic-chic boltholes, small but perfectly formed: ‘Alfredo’ with a big view-filled terrace, and ‘Pedreira’, a compact studio with a tiny courtyard. Find hand-woven rugs on grey resin floors and a wonderful welcome basket that includes their own wines.
Pootle down the Douro on a traditional ‘rabelo’. Visit Lamego with its amazing hilltop shrine. Plan a day trip to Porto, a 90-minute drive. For first class food and wines, head for ‘Cacho d’Oiro’ in Peso da Régua, 35km, and the rustically stylish ‘Cais da Villa’ in Vila Real, 25km. Wineries abound!