The Douro Valley is often called the most wild and romantic wine landscape of Europe’s more remote wine regions. For decades it was inaccessible. Dramatic steep terraces embrace rugged stony soil, forcing the vines to work hard at survival and produce grapes with flavors that most of the world never tasted. This is not unlike the story of Portugal and its people.
Grape Discoveries gives you intimate and exclusive access to some of the Douro Valley’s legendary private vineyards, and less-discovered, pioneering wineries. Most places we go are reservation-only (no/low-tourist) thanks to our personal relationships.
Our off-the-beaten path, in-depth wine tours are curated and designed by founder James Mayor to be intense yet relaxed, fascinating and fun, with jaw-dropping beauty and warm human connections. You’ll taste rising-star wines, walk secret paths, take-in spectacular remote views, and engage with locals whose families have devoted their lives to making Douro Valley wine for generations.
With tour size limited to only your small group, Grape Discoveries lets you explore and discover the Douro as you choose, at your pace, for one-of-a-kind memories.