Sleep in a giant wine barrel at this Portuguese vineyard

Dec 6 2019, 8:34 pm

Attention all winos: What if we told you that you could take your love for grown-up grape juice to the next level?

Prepare to have your mind blown, because there is now a magical place where you can become one with the wine.


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Quinta da Pacheca in Douro, Portugal, grants guests of their vineyard the ultimate dream of sleeping in a giant, luxurious wine barrel.

“In an idyllic and romantic setting, Wine Barrels will provide you a unique experience of contact with nature and the monumental reality of the Douro Wine Region,” according to the vineyard’s website.

One of the most distinguished and recognized properties in the region, the history of Quinta da Pacheca dates all the way back to the 16th century.


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The vineyards span around 57 hectares (~140 acres) planted in the upper Alto Douro wine region, a World Heritage Site classified by UNESCO in 2001.

The vineyard has always been catered to producing quality Port and Douro DOC wines and was one of the first in the region to bottle DOC wines under its own brand.

Guests can stay in one of 10 barrels, all designed by the owners of the property, Paulo Pereira and Maria do Céu Gonçalves.


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Each barrel is roughly 270 sq. ft., according to Wine Tourism Portugal.

Made of pinewood, the interior is elegant and relaxing and features amenities like a private bathroom, large round bed, walk-in shower, air conditioning, WiFi, a private terrace, and a skylight through which to stargaze.

Throughout your stay at the vineyard, you can partake in delectable wine tastings and sample locally made olive oil and jam.


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There is also a beautiful restaurant in the hotel that guests can visit for dinner, and wine-making rooms that are open for viewing.

If staying in a barrel isn’t necessarily your thing, that’s okay too!

There are also regular hotel rooms offered at the hotel house.


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If you’re looking to buckle down in a barrel, they cost around ‚ā¨221 (~$324 CAD) per night for a double room.

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