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TravelHaven Featured Trip — Wine Enthusiast Agrees!

Wine Enthusiast magazine has designated Portugal’s Douro Valley its Wine Travel Destination 2013. In this article, Roger Voss says:

You will fall in love with the Douro. Northern Portugal’s claim as the most beautiful wine region in the world is supported by the grandeur of its landscape and wines. Hewn from schist mountainsides like unpolished granite, the steep-terraced vineyards rise above the majestic Douro River’s ribbon of water far below.

Wine enthusiast Douro Valley

Famed for its Port wines, the Douro also offers redoubtable red table wines. Rich and powerful, they vie with the wine world’s top selections. Still, no one goes to the Douro without tasting Port. Naturally, every option is here, straight from the quinta — a Port lover’s heaven. Try the late-bottled vintages (LBVs), vintages, the tawny variations (golden-brown from aging in wood for 10–40 years) and the rare vintage-dated colheitas—there’s no experience that can compare to tasting a Port older than you are. All the Port and table wines are products of some of Portugal’s finest native grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca are among the best.

This is a great recommendation from the wine experts at Wine Enthusiast..

And you still have time to get your deposit ($500 per person) to confirm your cabin and join our Rio Douro — Portugal’s River of Gold Royal Viking river cruise next April.

What a great holiday gift for your favorite wine lover (or yourself)!