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Sleep In A Wine Barrel At This Vineyard In Portugal

By Victoria M. Walker

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How does sleeping in a wine barrel after a day of tasting wine sound?

If you ever find yourself at the Quinta da Pacheca, in Portugal’s Douro region, you can make it happen.

According to Wine Spectator, the wine barrel concept was designed by the property owners. The 10 barrels are air-conditioned and include a private terrace, shower, and a double bed. The barrel rooms in this award-winning hotel are about 270 square feet, according to a wine tourism site. A reservation includes samples of locally made jam and olive oil, MetroUK reports.

“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,” the website says.

The vineyard dates back to the 16th century and was modernized in the early 1900s, according to thehotel’s website. The hotel itself opened in 2009.

“Quinta da Pacheca created the wine barrels as a bold architectural project of suites to reinforce the originality of the wine tourism offered at the site,” a representative told MetroUK.


If you want an extra experience, you can add tasting tours, breakfast, and dinner to your booking.

The hotel is so popular that it’s already receiving requests to book rooms for 2020. “They are a real success in the high but also in the low season,” an employee told Unfiltered, according to Wine Spectator.

The wine barrel units are pretty popular among guests, according to TripAdvisor reviews.

“Great experience and cost for a short stay,” one user wrote.

The cheapest barrel room will run you about $320 USD a night but if that’s too pricey, the cheapest twin rooms at the hotel will only set you back about $200 a night.

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Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.

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