Since time immemorial wine has been associated with Portuguese gastronomy involving agriculture ingenuity, marking the habits and customs of a people, revealing itself in art and architecture and creasing so indelibly, but yet sustainable, the landscape.
The recognition of Portuguese wines has been gaining eco abroard thanks to the dedication and sensitivity of those who produce it. The wineries have been reformulated under new rules, others have dared in the architectural forms and spaces reveal the history of the places. The landscape of the vineyards is either a breathless moment to the ones who contemplate it or it soothes the uneasy espirits. People involve through the way they receive and share this wealth.
The tourist looks for these values, appreciates what is genuine and eagers for unforgettable experiences in emblematic places. The wine, the vineyard and the viniculture can assert themselves sustaining the tourist demand, reinforcing the attractiveness of the territory and valuing other proposals for tourist visitation.
This heritage is vast and distributed from north to south of Portugal. The units of wine tourism, identified in this Technical Guide to Wine Tourism, are part of this heritage, priming for the several activities associated with wine, the places and services to be used to hold a wide range of events and initiatives, and the accommodation itself.
This Technical Guide to Wine Tourism aims to provide a working tool for tourist agents with a view to enhancing the wine tourism sector and helping disseminate the heritage associated with wine and vineyard.