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A wine break in northern Portugal

Famed for its sweet port wine, the Douro Valley of northern Portugal is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Head here in September and you’ll get a taste of its traditions first-hand, as workers take to its steeply terraced vineyards for the annual harvest, picking and pressing the grapes by hand (and feet), as they always have. It’s also a great time to take in the valley’s glorious scenery, the soft, late-summer light picking out the River Douro as it winds between valleys stippled with villages and quintas (wine-growing estates). Set high above the river, the Quinta de Casaldronho makes a great base for a wine break, with 15 hectares of vines, plus olive groves, orchards and walking trails to wander. There’s, naturally, gallons of wine to try – from port tastings to a bottle at dinner served up with regional specialities.

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