PORTO ANNOUNCES ITS 2011 'BEST OF' AWARD WINNERS

Located in the Vinhos Verdes Region, Aveleda is an example of a successful family business that has always dedicated its efforts to the production of high quality wines. Specials Specials

Located in the Vinhos Verdes Region, Aveleda is an example of a successful family business that has always dedicated its efforts to the production of high quality wines.
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QUINTA DA AVELEDA - GLOBAL WINNER - Architecture, Parks and Gardens www.aveleda.ptaveleda
Photo: Quinta da Aveleda

Located in the Vinhos Verdes Region, Aveleda is an example of a successful family business that has always dedicated its efforts to the production of high quality wines. For over 300 years, the successive generations of the Guedes family took care of the estate with the aim of preserving a common legacy. Alongside its selected vineyards, Aveleda estate combines colors and scents of history reflected in each details of the Park and Gardens where the nature is in harmony with the unique Architectural monuments, the Follies.

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Photo: Quinta da Aveleda

Martim Guedes, Member of the Board of Aveleda states, “At Aveleda we have always enjoyed receiving visitors in our estate and devoted a lot of attention to Wine Tourism. In this context, we are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. Being the first time that a company from the Vinhos Verdes region wins this award, we hope it encourages more visitors to discover the numerous “hidden secrets” that this region has to offer.”

LARGO DO PAÇO RESTAURANT - CASA DA CALÇADA - NATIONAL WINNER - Wine Tourism Restaurants www.casadacalcada.com

Largo de Paço Restaurant - Casa da Calçada is a Michelin- starred restaurant with a cosy environment and a professional team eager to satisfy. The cuisine is made of typical flavours with fresh products and seeks to balance the offer between traditional and contemporary, simple and sophisticated styles, always served with the best wines of its winery selection. It also devotes efforts to highlight its Portuguese roots. Largo do Paço is in Casa da Calçada, a unique boutique hotel, member of Relais & Châteaux.

DOC RESTAURANT - RUI PAULA - NATIONAL WINNER - Wine Tourism Restaurants www.ruipaula.com

DOC, located on Folgosa Pier, is the most beautiful and sophisticated restaurant in the Douro Valley, land of Port Wine and the best white and red wines of Portugal. Rui Paula is the chef and owner, practicing ethnic cuisine with a strong emotional connection to wine.

QUINTA DO PÉGO - NATIONAL WINNER - Accommodation www.quintadopego.com

Quinta do Pégo is a modern 4-star country hotel and wine estate perched high on the banks of the Douro in the heart of Port wine country. Along with a traditionally warm Portuguese welcome, guests have a choice of 10 tastefully-furnished bedrooms, all with air-conditioning, phone and satellite TV. There`s also a restaurant, bar and an outdoor pool with spectacular views of the river and beyond.

ENOTECA DOURO - QUINTA DA AVESSADA - NATIONAL WINNER - Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences www.enotecadouro.com

Enoteca - Douro Wine Museum is a pioneer in the merging of our history, culture with new technologies that allows us to experience all these memories. We’ve created an interactive museum, reliving Douro’s history and culture, from the plantating of the grapevine, to the taste of an unforgettable Douro Wine. You can get to know and interact with Douro’s best products and its producers, giving you a personalized perspective. Filled with promotional activities, Enoteca - Douro Wine Museum is a space which will surprise you.

About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network

Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of nine internationally renowned wine regions - Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Christchurch-South Island, New Zealand; Florence, Italy; Mainz-Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao-Rioja, Spain and San Francisco-Napa Valley, USA. The Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognize leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit http://www.greatwinecapitals.com.