Wine, Petiscos* and Douro Life

Grape Discoveries invites you on a one-day private Douro Valley wine tour to meet local winemakers and taste delicious Portuguese 'petiscos' (small plates).

On this private Douro Valley wine tour, led by wine writer James Mayor, you will get an insider perspective on what makes the Douro one of the most exciting wine regions in the world. You will meet two local families involved in making wines in the Douro Valley for generations.

Your five senses will be fully immersed in the rich local culture with its winemaking traditions and flavorful gastronomy.

On this private Douro Valley wine tour you will:

✔️ visit the homes of Teresa and José, two cousins with big hearts, great sense of humor and

vivid stories to share

✔️ learn about the winemaking process in the Douro Valley

✔️ taste excellent Douro wines and Ports from boutique wineries

✔️ savor Portuguese culinary delicacies around an 18th-century kitchen table

First, you will visit a historic manor house lovingly restored by Teresa. A delicious Portuguese ‘petiscos’ lunch (small plates) will be paired with selected wines from Lavradores de Feitoria, a boutique wine brand generating a lot of interest.

On our next stop, we will visit a typical Douro winery. José, the owner and winemaker will show you around his private museum and explain the winemaking process. You will taste more wonderful wines, olive oil, and an exceptional ‘ancestral Port’.

In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a leisurely ‘secret walk’ high above the River Douro, quite simply one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The return drive to Porto will surprise you with more staggering scenery and, if you are lucky, an incredible sunset over the hills. The perfect ending to your one-day Douro Valley wine tour you’ll wish never to end.

 

What’s included?

  • Facemasks, gloves and sanitiser gel
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Porto
  • Safe and clean, private transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned SUV
  • Lunch and two wine tastings
  • Expert guide

Exclusions

Nothing is excluded

Please note

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age 18
  • This is a private tour/activity, only you and yours will participate
  • If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book your tour

What do I need to bring?

  • We provide masks, but please bring your favorite mask if you wish
  • Please bring a comfortable pair of shoes for walking in the vineyards
  • A hat, sunglasses, and sun protection are also essential most of the year
  • It is a good idea to bring a sweater or light jacket and scarf for spring or fall evenings, as well as a waterproof jacket, season dependent

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before the event

 

Experience type
Day tour / activity
Private
Booking in advance
Cut off: 1 day
Duration
10 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Know before you go
Minimum age of passengers is: 18
Categories
Cultural and theme tours, Private roundtrip, Private experience, Couples, Indoor, Outdoor, Group friendly, Adults only
Live tour guide
French, English

 

Itinerary

Historic manor house
We will visit an historic noble family manor house, set in an idyllic garden with vineyard views. We will have a lunch of Portuguese small plates and taste superb Douro wines.
Winery with private museum
We will tour the winery, deep in the Pinhao Valley, and sample more wines and olive oil, before visiting a house in the village lovingly restored as a nineteenth century home.
Stunning viewpoint
We will take photos at a stunning viewpoint above the River Douro, one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

 

Pick-up

Note: Pick-up starts 10 minute(s) before departure.
We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience: