Quinta do Ameal – Enoturismo (wine tourism) is a heritage site, dating back to 1710, of rare natural beauty.
Nestled in an upper mountain valley overlooking the Lima River with fantastic
views, the visitor’s eye is often transfixed by the variety in the natural
landscape, the wildlife and wild flowers. It is a small
estate home, however it gives one a
sense of great open spaces.
From the moment you enter the grand carved granite
gate, the rosy façade greets you, reflecting lovely Portuguese sunsets. Live-in owner, Pedro Araujo, is pleased to
help you feel at home in his sheik country home where he maintains highest
standards of accommodations, a welcoming creative interior décor, with alluring
vistas. There are five individual rooms
with double beds and private entries to a patio that takes you back to
nature. Three of the rooms are actually
complete suites with living rooms and kitchenettes, adjoining a luxurious pool,
plus there is an independent cottage, made into two suites, each one with a
double bed and all the extras are available.
The refurbishment of
several old houses already existing on the property was completed in May 2014.
These houses and suites are completely equipped and decorated for the visitor
to take advantage of every convenient comfort without having to leave the
Quinta, with real luxury integrated with typical Minho simplicity.
This enotourism quinta of a
total of 30 hectares is set within granite walls and a little less than half,
12 hectares, are planted with totally organic vines. The remaining land is
a unique and fantastic forest covering 8 hectares which includes a large
variety of trees amongst which 200 year old pine and oak trees, beautiful gardens
and more than 800 meters of the Lima River waterfront. Within this superb and
idyllic space visitors can stop and relax, taking advantage of all of the
naturally positive energies.
Excellent white wines
made from a Portuguese grape variety called Loureiro are cultivated and
produced here. This grape reaches its greatest aromatic and tasty expression in
this incredibly beautiful Lima Valley region. Wines are produced
exclusively from grapes grown organically on our own estate, based on the philosophy
of production which translates into focusing more attention and energy on the
vine, thereby producing grapes of high quality and excellence, thus creating a
unique local wine with great personality and character. Exported to more than
15 countries, Ameal is on many of the best and most demanding restaurants wine
lists in the world, as well as some of the most prestigious shops.
The surrounding area offers
a variety of other activities to compliment your stay. These include:
kayaking down the River Lima or surfing on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches only 20 kilometres away, mountain
walks, bicycle rides and country rambling along the well known “eco via” which
follows over 40 kilometres of the River Lima. It is six km to Ponte
de Lima, 8 eight km to the wetlands park Lagoas, which offers horse riding and charrette trips with
picnics in the parklands or to some of the fine restaurants in Ponte de
Lima. Various lively country markets and fairs as well as a selection of
excellent restaurants make up part of the offerings of this unique area of the
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