The wines of the Douro and the gastronomic delights of Porto

And what if true luxury is…

Travelling only with you and yours, becoming an insider, meeting authentic people who make the difference, gazing at breathtaking views, listening to silence? …

Grape Discoveries provides a limited number of curated private Douro Valley wine tours that are immersive, personal and real.

Every aspect of your tour is curated by wine writer James Mayor, based on his own travels in the area, passion for Douro culture and wine, and deep friendships he’s made in the region.

Grape Discoveries has a rare connection with the vineyards and people who have roots in the Douro’s past, or who are shaping what it is becoming.

And most important, each tour is a “just us” group – only you and yours, with time to relax and enjoy.

View our Douro Valley tours.

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On your way to the Douro Valley, remember to spend time in Porto. Portugal’s amazingly beautiful second city is often cited as Europe’s hippest wine and food destination.

Grape Discoveries has created Porto Taste Discoveries, a food, wine and culture tour, curated by James Mayor. Like our Douro Valley tours, our Porto tour is intimate, sensory and fun. We keep our groups small, visit artisans, sample boutique wines and Port and succulent small-plates, and share unusual stories about this incredible city today on the knife-edge of tradition and innovation. If you wish, we can also reserve you a private tour.

"James Mayor of Grape Discoveries has done all the heavy lifting, assembling a small group tour that delivers a relaxing, and intimate, view of Porto." Trip Advisor, December 2019


The remote Douro Valley and cosmopolitan Porto

The Douro Valley is often called the wildest and most romantic wine landscape of Europe’s more remote wine regions. The Douro is the world’s largest mountain vineyard and for decades was almost inaccessible. Dramatic steep terraces embrace rugged stony soil, forcing the vines to work hard at survival and produce grapes with unusual flavours, used in making wines that are today capturing international attention.

With our personal relationships, Grape Discoveries gives you intimate and exclusive access to some of the Douro Valley’s legendary private vineyards and pioneering boutique wineries. Our wine tours are intense yet relaxed, fascinating and fun, with jaw-dropping beauty and warm human connections.

For centuries Porto was both the gateway to the Douro and the city from which Port wine was shipped to overseas markets. In 1996, Porto was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, Porto is a hip new food and wine destination, showcasing the innovative table wines of the Douro, against a fabulously beautiful architectural backdrop. Grape Discoveries’ Porto Taste Discoveries tour is an immersive dip into the culture, gastronomy and wine of this enthralling city.

We give you an insiders’ introduction to Porto and the Douro Valley!

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