The alternative winter escape for wine lovers

The alternative winter escape for wine lovers

Portugal calling

Text: Denise Kok

Think you know your Portuguese wines? It's time to get schooled by the masters

While some of you might be packing your bags for ski season in Niseko, those looking to escape to somewhere quieter will do best to consider a trip out to Six Senses Douro Valley. The hotel is offering a three-night package that includes a 60-minute spa session for two to ease you well and truly into your vacation.

The Wine Library at Six Senses Douro Valley

Wine lovers are in for a real treat as the room package includes a tour of the Wine Library led by none other than Hélio Lima, the Wine Manager himself. The tour takes an intimate look at Douro wines, which spans more than 110 indigenous grape varieties. A selection of local Portuguese cheese and smoked meats will accompany your wine tasting flight — a true celebration of local produce that brings together some of the best the land has to offer. 

Childhood tree-climbing fantasies can also be fulfilled here as you scale the woods under the supervision of the property's tree-climbing specialists. There's no better time to let your inner Peter Pan shine — just don't do it after you're done polishing off that fine bottle of wine. 

Available from now till 23 December 2015 and 4 January to 31 March 2016. For more information, click here