Wines of the Douro

And what if the new luxury is…

day trips from Porto, traveling only with you and yours to the Douro, in safety, becoming an insider, meeting authentic people who make the difference, gazing at breathtaking views, indulging in digital detox and listening to silence? …

Grape Discoveries offers curated private Douro Valley wine tours that are immersive, personal and real.

Your Douro Valley tours are curated and led by wine writer James Mayor, based on his passion for Douro culture and wine, and deep friendships he’s made in the region.

View our day trips from Porto to the Douro Valley.

Tastes of Porto

On your way to the restful Douro, spend time with us on one of our Porto tours. Portugal’s amazingly beautiful second city is often cited as Europe’s hippest wine and food destination.

Our Porto tours, curated by James Mayor, are a private immersive dip into the culture, wine and gastronomy of this enthralling city. Like our Douro tours, our Porto tours are safe, personal and fun.

"James Mayor of Grape Discoveries has done all the heavy lifting, assembling a tour that delivers a relaxing, and intimate, view of Porto."

Harold, Tripadvisor, December 2019

Why the Douro Valley?

Easily reached on one of our day trips from Porto, the Douro Valley is the wildest and most romantic landscape of Europe’s wine regions. The world’s largest mountain vineyard, for decades the Douro was almost inaccessible. Dramatic steep terraces embrace rugged stony soil, forcing the vines to work hard at survival and produce grapes with unusual flavors to make wines that are among the finest anywhere.

Through our personal relationships, Grape Discoveries gives you intimate and exclusive access to some of the Douro’s legendary private vineyards and pioneering boutique wineries.

Why Porto?

On our Porto tours we introduce you to Porto, the new wine and food destination, showcasing innovative table wines of the Douro, against a fabulously beautiful architectural backdrop.

The gateway to the Douro, for centuries Porto has been the city from which Port wine is shipped overseas. In 1996, Porto was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Grape Discoveries gives you an insiders’ introduction to Porto and the Douro!

Portuguese wine terms

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uvas | grapes

casta | grape variety

cepa | vine

red grapes: Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional

white grapes: Gouveio, Moscatel Galego, Branco, Rabigato, Viosinho

vinha | vineyard

vindimas | grape harvest

quinta | farm or estate

adega | winery

pipa | cask

tonel | vat

colheita | vintage

rolha | cork

saca-rolhas | corkscrew

vinho tinto | red wine

prova | tasting

vinho do porto | port