Great Wine Capitals Network: A world of excellence!

Porto - Douro - Minho
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The  Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) gathers nine cities with internationally renowned wine regions:

The city of Porto is part of the GWC Network since 1999, represented by the Tourism Department of the Porto City Council, and promotes the wine regions of Vinhos Verdes, Douro and Port Wines.


The GWC Network develops and introduces several projects, initiatives and programs with the objective of achieving excellence in tourism, business and services and education within the global alliance of its renowned regions:

  • GWC International Research Grant, aiming to promote excellence and innovation in the fields of wine tourism and marketing, delivers every year two grants of 4.550 euros each, to students and young researchers who present the best projects related to “sustainable development” or “wine tourism and marketing” on a region belonging to the GWC network.
  • Business network – with intensive training and information seminars, forums and tastings. It is given support to business visits between member cities.
  • Symposiums on investments in the wine sector and education initiatives in wine business. These take place mostly at the Annual General Meetings, when conferences are held to debate and illuminate crucial issues that affect the wider world of wine.
  • Technical and/or commercial exploratory tours in the member wine regions. Knowledge-sharing is an important part of the Network, as it is the idea that each city can benefit from the experiences of the other member and from the strength that result from the synergies within the Network itself.
  • “Great Wine Capitals Travel Network” - to facilitate travel throughout the regions, where travel agencies in each city develop custom-made food and wine itineraries. Destination specialists from each member city are gathered to handle all travel requirements to and between the Great Wine Capitals.


  • “Best Of Wine Tourism” – International competition designed to reward the wineries in each city and wine region that have distinguished themselves in terms of excellence of their facilities, delivering quality experiences to the public, in 7 categories: Accommodation; Wine Restaurants; Architecture and Landscape; Art & Culture; Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences;  Wine Tourism Services; Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.

In 2016, Porto was distinguished by the International jury in the category 'Architecture & Landscape' awarded to Monverde Wine Experience Hotel. Carmo’s Boutique Hotel, in the ‘Accommodation’ category; Oporto &Douro Moments, in the ‘Wine Tourism Services’ category; Quinta da Pacheca, in the ‘Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences’ category; BOEIRA Portugal in abottle, in the ‘Art and Culture’ category; and, finally, Quinta do Vallado –Casa do Rio, in the ‘Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices’ category.

The Best Of Wine Tourism Awards are designed to reward the wineries in the wine regions of Douro and Port, and “Vinhos Verdes”, wishing to enhance their capacity to host visitors as a means of promoting their products and services, and to tour operators who contributed to the development of wine tourism.

The participation in the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards is entirely free.

Applications for the awards Best Of Wine Tourism 2017


Best Of Pairing

Some experts from the Best Of Wine Tourism 2015 winners suggest pairing the under selected wines with the new food specialty of the city – Bacalhau D’Ouro (Gold Cod):

  • Grainha Reserva Branco 2013 (Quinta Nova N. S. do Carmo – Conceitus Winery Restaurant)
  • Quinta da Boeira Reserva Tinto 2013 e Quinta da Boeira Porto 20 Anos (BOEIRA Portugal in a bottle)
  • Quintas Escomoeiras Colheira 2013 – Vinho Verde rosé (Quinta das Escomoeiras)

This dish, combining codfish (tradition) with regional ingredients (Port Wine, Avintes bread) is already available in several restaurants in the city.

Get to know everything about this specialty at:




The network regularly provides tools to make the wine tourism visit more enjoyable and pleasant.

The Great Wine Capitals Network seeks to enhance the wine experience of visitors to these cities, as well as supporting the cities to make the most of their culture, heritage and exceptional geographic location. 

Published 22-04-2015
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