Us

Grape Discoveries is a high-end boutique wine travel company that operates a limited number of
3-day wine tours to the Douro Valley. Our tours are crafted for a maximum of four people and address wine lovers and the culturally inclined.
"Around a curve in the road, the Douro came into view. They gazed in amazement at the golden stream." Miguel Torga, Grape Harvest
We offer our Travellers an off the beaten track exploration of one of the world’s most discussed wine regions, the Douro Valley. Participants discover a cultural eco-system among wine country of exceptional beauty. A Grape Discoveries wine tour is unhurried and astonishing.
Grape Discoveries was created by James Mayor, an Englishman who fell deeply in love with the Douro and decided to share his passion with other wine and culture enthusiasts. James has travelled in four continents and worked as a copywriter for premium wine and spirits brands. He has also translated exhibition catalogues for leading French museums and owned an art gallery in Paris. Today James lives in Portugal where the Douro is his favourite region.

Meet Grape Discoveries Founder, James Mayor

I have always been both a wine lover and passionate about art

My first job was selling wine in London. Later I moved to Paris and opened an art gallery. Through these two experiences, I became fascinated by the place wine occupies in art. Wine has been fundamental to Western culture ever since the Romans and it has figured in painting and literature throughout the centuries. A talented wine maker is like a great artist: they are working in an exciting space between agriculture and artistic creation. I love tasting new wines and I really enjoy talking to the people who make them.

I have an emotional relationship with the Douro Valley

Not only is the Douro the most beautiful wine region in Portugal, it also has some of the most stunning landscape that I have ever seen anywhere. On my first visit I was completely knocked sideways by the grandeur of the scenery. The environment is so completely relaxing that I always get recharged in no time at all. Although it’s very peaceful here there's also incredible energy with strong local communities and gifted producers making superb wines. I love this balance between their traditional way of life and the creative innovation required for great wine making.

This is why I created Grape Discoveries

My best kind of holiday is one that gives you the chance to meet local people and find out what makes the place you're visiting special. Grape Discoveries was born from a desire to create wine holidays that embrace wine's cultural context. We curate a textured experience, exploring the different ways in which wine is a cultural phenomenon here in the Douro Valley. We look at the role played by wine in local communities, and how it has shaped architecture and landscape and even inspired writers and film directors.

Why I recommend people to visit the Douro with Grape Discoveries

Travelling with us at a gentle pace, in groups of up to four Travellers, you will meet our local friends and the many contacts we have created to provide an immersive and sensory experience of the Douro wine region. The Douro is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape and we respect this unique cultural eco-system. You will feel like a privileged wine enthusiast … on holiday!

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Meet Grape Discoveries Founder, James Mayor

I have always been both a wine lover and passionate about art

My first job was selling wine in London. Later I moved to Paris and opened an art gallery. Through these two experiences, I became fascinated by the place wine occupies in art. Wine has been fundamental to Western culture ever since the Romans and it has figured in painting and literature throughout the centuries. A talented wine maker is like a great artist: they are working in an exciting space between agriculture and artistic creation. I love tasting new wines and I really enjoy talking to the people who make them.

I have an emotional relationship with the Douro Valley

Not only is the Douro the most beautiful wine region in Portugal, it also has some of the most stunning landscape that I have ever seen anywhere. On my first visit I was completely knocked sideways by the grandeur of the scenery. The environment is so completely relaxing that I always get recharged in no time at all. Although it’s very peaceful here there's also incredible energy with strong local communities and gifted producers making superb wines. I love this balance between their traditional way of life and the creative innovation required for great wine making.

This is why I created Grape Discoveries

My best kind of holiday is one that gives you the chance to meet local people and find out what makes the place you're visiting special. Grape Discoveries was born from a desire to create wine holidays that embrace wine's cultural context. We curate a textured experience, exploring the different ways in which wine is a cultural phenomenon here in the Douro Valley. We look at the role played by wine in local communities, and how it has shaped architecture and landscape and even inspired writers and film directors.

Why I recommend people to visit the Douro with Grape Discoveries

Travelling with us at a gentle pace, in groups of up to four Travellers, you will meet our local friends and the many contacts we have created to provide an immersive and sensory experience of the Douro wine region. The Douro is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape and we respect this unique cultural eco-system. You will feel like a privileged wine enthusiast … on holiday!