There are a few ways to visit Douro Valley wineries without a car from Porto.
Another great option is taking a boat ride up the Douro river and returning to Porto by train or bus.
An organized wine tour from Porto would be the most efficient option to visit Douro Valley quintas without a car.
Douro Valley by Train
Head to São Bento train station is in the center of Porto and jump on a small train to the Douro Valley. The picturesque train ride will take 2 hours 20 minutes from Porto to Pinhão, and 1 hour 50 minutes to Regua.
When planning your Douro Valley winery visits keep in mind that the train line runs on the north side of the Douro River with only several bridges close to main towns.
To visit Douro Valley wineries, get off at Régua, Covelinhas, Ferrão, or Pinhão train stations. You can then take a taxi or walk to the wineries. Régua and Pinhão stations have taxi stands. A 5-minute ride to a nearby quinta may cost you about 5 euros.
See the list of Douro Valley wineries here.
Since there are no taxi stands at quintas, you have to arrange with the taxi to wait for you or to pick you up after your wine tour. Winery staff is often helpful and they will call a taxi for you.
If you are willing to walk a bit, there are several quintas that are reachable by foot from the train stations. Most walks are along the roads, some will require climbing uphill.
Douro Valley Wineries Close to Train Stations
Quinta do Crasto is in the walking distance from the Ferrão train station if you are ready for a hike uphill. Allow at least half an hour for a beautiful walk with amazing views and excellent photo opps.
If you need a break, consider stopping at Quinta da Marka which is on the way.
Guided Winery Tour and Wine Tasting with Cheese Pairing at Quinta da Pacheca, Douro ValleyQuinta da Pacheca, Lamego, Portugal
Wine Tour and Visit to the Wine Museum Centre at Quinta Nova, Douro ValleyQuinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 5085-222 Covas do Douro Portugal
If you are looking for a tasting of both dry wines and port wine, visit Quinta de la Rosa near Pinhão.
You can reach there within 15 minutes on foot from the Pinhão train station on a relatively flat road along the Douro river.
Quinta de la Rosa has a beautiful winery hotel and an amazing restaurant.
Quinta da Roêda is where famous Croft port wines are made.
Quinta da Roeda is located approximately 30 minutes away from Pinhao train station on foot. The road is mostly flat near Pinhao and with a little bit of a climb closer to the estate, however, the views, the surroundings, and the Croft port tasting are well worth it.
Douro Valley by Boat from Porto
A great way to see the Douro River is to take a boat tour up the river to the Douro Valley.
Here are some options for you to consider.
Perhaps, an important thing to mention is that the boat tour can be quite long and you will likely have time to visit only one winery.
If you opt for a train tour, but still want to cruise the Douro River, it is easy to jump on a Douro River cruise in Pinhao. However, buy your boat tickets in advance during busy times, especially in April, May, September, and October.
Douro Valley Wine Tours from Porto
An organized private or a small-group wine tour from Porto with a local guide is a good alternative to a self-guided tour.
Typically, a tour includes a pickup from Porto, visits to 2 or 3 wineries in the Douro Valley, a river cruise on a rabelo boat and lunch.
Take a look at one of these options for private and small-group tours or see the full list here.
Douro Valley Hotels Near Train Stations
These are my three hotel suggestions in Pinhao where you can stay without having a car or hiring a taxi.
Beautiful hotel at a winery 15 mins on foot from Pinhao. Very good restaurant on premises.
This hotel is right by the Pinhao train station, no climbing up. High quality, comfort and convenience.
Houses for 2-5 people with excellent views of Douro River.
See more options on the map below.
Tip: Anything further away from the river means that some climbing will be necessary.