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“Interesting tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Quinta do Panascal

Quinta do Panascal
Ranked #7 of 12 things to do in Pinhao
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Owner description: Quinta do Panascal dates back to the 18th century and is the most important estate of the prestigious Port Wine Company “Fonseca Guimaraens”. The estate has been classified as Grade A, which is the highest grade given to a quinta. The same occurs with its famous wines, namely Fonseca Vintage 1994 which was recognized by the Wine Spectator Magazine as one of the best wines in the world.Situated in the Douro Valley Region (a World Heritage site), Quinta do Panascal is open to everyone wishing to visit one of the most famous quintas in the region.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Interesting tour”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a self-guided tour - you are given a small mp3 player and sent on your way. It's a very interesting tour, but full of information. By the end, I was a bit overwhelmed and looking at the part where they crush the grapes, it would have been nice if there was a person there to answer questions and point out the more specific things you are looking at/for.

We were a little confused when we first arrived as to where we were supposed to go. We wandered into what looked like a small canteen/cafe (with port on the shelves for sale), but were basically ignored by the woman behind the desk, so went looking elsewhere. Turns out we were in the right place, so perhaps a little customer service training would help a bit. I finally asked her where to go for the tour, and she started pulling out audio players, so I guess that was it!

Later when we finished, she poured our port tastings, which were great. We ended up striking up a conversation with her and she turned out to be a friendly enough person, so I think it's just that the place could use a little polishing up if they'd like to be a tourist attraction.

Oh, bring some bottles of water and wear a shady hat!

Visited September 2013
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Cloverdale, California
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“Great self-guided tour/tasting”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

The property is beautiful and the wines are very good. The free self-guided tour through the vineyard was interesting and provided some wonderful views of their property.

Visited July 2013
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Dunedin, Florida
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“One of the Best Quinta Tours”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This quinta is known for its Fonseca port wines. Its tour is self-guided and allows you to wander among the vineyards while listening to a 30-minute audio tour. The price is 3 euros and includes tasting of 3 port wines. The drive to the quinta is off N-222 up a gravel road which climbs through the vineyards. The views all around the property are beautiful and overlook the Tavora River (a tributary of the Douro). I highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in port wine.

Visited May 2013
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Vigo, Spain
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“All very pleasant, including with kids”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The mp3 tour is informative and not too long (30 minutes). Walking in the domain, along the vines with our young kids was particularly pleasant. The views are spectacular. We enjoyed the Port tasting in the cosy and cool room. All that for only 3 euros: great value.

Visited May 2013
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“Good overview, tasting”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

We found the audio tour to be informative as this was the first vineyard we stopped at (having spent the previous two days in Porto). The discussion of the different terracing techniques, etc., explained much of what we had seen driving out.

The port tasting was nice. They also have cheese or chocolate available for purchase. Be aware - the cheese is good, but presentation is not fancy.

Parking can be a bit challenging (steep drop offs, no rails), and the road getting up to the Quinta entrance is quite narrow. Certainly worth it; just be careful.

Since we were visiting during the first week of October, there was actually a crew stomping grapes during our visit - which was fun to see, even if most of the port is not produced using this traditional technique anymore.

Visited October 2012
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