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Douro Valley Grape Harvest

Vineyards in the Douro Valley - Sherpa Walking Holidays


Every year in September you can see the Douro Valley change from its summer greens to a blanket of gold and eventually red. This is the time to enjoy late summer days in Portugal.


Grape harvest in the Douro Valley - Sherpa Walking Holidays


If you visit Portugal in September, you will find fewer crowds on the trails, weather has pleasant temperatures of around 20 degrees C and with almost no rainfall, it is a great time to visit. September is that time of year when the tourism season begins quieting down and the local people start preparing for their annual grape harvest.


Visit Portugal in September to enjoy the grape harvest - Sherpa Expeditions


Visit our 17th century accommodation on a Portugal walking holiday in September


A celebratory ceremony, the grape harvest is where workers and villagers gather in a festive spirit (see the video below). Some of the vineyards allow travellers to take part in the ceremonies, such as the accommodation you stay in on our Douro Rambler walking holiday. It was built during the 17th century and located a little further up in the hills, offering magnificent views of the valley and Douro River. It owns a small vineyard that sells their grapes to a cooperative. Walkers who would like to join the harvesting activities in Douro Valley can help with picking grapes or indulge in wine and port tasting sessions. If you want to see the first steps in the wine making process, especially of the world famous port, you should visit Douro Valley this September.


You can participate in September’s grape harvest in other regions of Europe too: consider a trip to Tuscany where the harvesting period runs until October or places in France where the harvesting time varies depending on which area you visit.


For more information on the grape harvesting period on our active European holidays or walking holidays in Portugal’s Douro Valley, please get in touch with our team of travel experts in the London offices. 



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