Indulge your senses on a handcrafted tour of Portugal’s diverse wine regions. Including the famous reds from the Douro Valley, the ocean-influenced whites from Bairrada, the vintage ports from Porto’s cellars, Muscat in Setubal, and green wine in Minho, your tasting sensibilities will be overflowing. Spend a day in old-world Alentejo, and then another in historical Dao with winemakers and cellar-masters leading your exploration throughout. This is a country of microclimates and diverse terroir,...
Lisbon – An Atmospheric Welcome to Portugal
Lisbon is a lively city as street musicians strum along the promenade, locals gather on city squares, and the hum of chatter accompanies the smell of coffee. Grand monuments run through the heart of the city, yet they do not impose, instead, they provide a backdrop for an evening walk, something enjoyed by most locals every day. In some neighborhoods, the streets are tight and hilly with people gathered outside their front doors to chat and watch the world. There are markets, restaurants, Mediterranean terraces and so much more that make for a city that lives outdoors. So touch down, check-in, and check out the streets as this magnificent city is your base for the next four days.
Lisbon – The Vineyards of Bucelas
Lisbon – Famous Muscat Producers of the Setubal Peninsula
Lisbon – A Day of Wine Tasting in the Alentejo Region
Bairrada – The Fresh DOC Wines of the Atlantic
Douro Valley – Immersed in the Wines of the Dao Region
Douro Valley – A Day Amid the World Heritage Vineyards of the Douro
Porto – Sailing Down the River to a Vintage Port Experience
Porto – Green Wine on the Costa Verde
Porto – Free Day to Explore Porto
Porto – Departure
- Explore the Douro Valley and sink your palate into its luscious red wines
- Discover the beauty of Lisbon as you spend several nights in one of the world’s most-loved visitor cities
- Spend a day with muscat producers in Setubal, and then compare the taste with a day in the port cellars of Porto
- Sample the rarified wines of the Atlantic, your tour including a day of tasting on the Costa Verde, the Minho region, and a day with the white wines of Bairrada
- Cruise down the Douro River and spend several nights in Porto, a small city of elegance and enchantment
- Sample the wines of Alentejo, one of the most admired of Portugal’s old demarcated wine regions
- Compare the flavors by stepping into the new world to visit the cellars of the Dao region
- Experience both old and new processes used for wine production in Portugal, with winemakers and expert guides leading the way
- Explore world-famous estates as well as unknown boutique wineries, your time spent in handpicked places that best reflect Portugal’s diversity
Portugal is a country of microclimates. The Atlantic Ocean winds buffet parts of the coast to bring cold wind and mist while the country’s east is harsh and dry, an arid place where Moorish villages are cast in dust. Rivers meander through lush interior while mountain chains create enclaves away from the meteorological challenges. Climate influences the grapes, yet European wine is also defined by its terroir. Portugal leads the way in diversity with schist, shale, granite, clay, loam, silt, sandy soils and more. The unique terrain adds up to a country of incredible viticulture variety, where every region produces something absolutely different to the next, and that is the focus of this handcrafted tour.
Over 11 days you can explore Portugal’s eight most important DOC regions. DOC means Denominacao de Origem Controlada, the highest wine of origin demarcation possible in Portugal. With a day spent in each region, you can meet the winemakers, explore the processes, tour the vineyards, and understand why the wines taste so different. There will be a lot of tastings as you visit world-famous producers along with boutique wineries, each day featuring two to four tasting sessions. This tour is designed for curious wine drinkers and encourages experimentation to bring new flavors to your palate. Along with tasting, you will have time to discover more of the regions and cities as wine provides a lens to get to know the diversity of Portugal.
Start with several nights in Lisbon as with the grand capital as a base, and you can enjoy leisurely evenings in different neighborhoods as each in Lisbon has its own history and atmosphere. Begin with an introduction to classic Portuguese flavors in the small Bucelas region with the next day exploring the sweet floral notes of Setubal muscat. The following day will take you into the old-world wine world of Alentejo, perhaps the best known of all Portugal’s wine regions before you head to the coast and the surf-washed beaches of the Atlantic, where the climate produces some impressive results.
Dao is just across a mountain, but it is sheltered from weather extremes. Taste its various varietals before spending a couple of nights in the World Heritage wine-lands of Douro Valley. Indulge in the rich, fruit-driven reds and settle into the elegance of the region, coming to understand why it is becoming one of Europe’s most revered wine destinations. From here, you can cruise down the Douro River to Porto, where a vintage port experience awaits in a musty cellar. Refresh the palate with the light greenwines of Minha before the last day is left free for you to explore Porto.
$2,855 per person (excluding international flights)
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