AMAZING!! Highly recommended!! This was our highlight while in Portugal. We were after a wine tour, which we got, but so much better than any wine tour we have ever been on. We were treated like special guests everywhere. A coffee and the pastries to start, then onto an outdoor couch overlooking the vineyard with snacks and wines, and then our own private tour. The second winery we had lunch at, which we were lucky enough to have a family member of the winery join us, and sampled a selection of wine through the 3-course meal, plus a personal tour.
And the last place we sampled bread and oil while trying different wines overlooking the Douro river, and learnt the process of oil making. From door to door service, a small intimate group, viewpoints, plus of course the amazing wine, food and people.
We just loved it.
What a very diverse, long and wonderful day visiting the rarely-visited Tras-os-Montes and upper Douro regions with Beatriz, our guide/driver. Over 12 hours our small group of 4 visited 2 very friendly family farms and vineyards, plus 2 beautiful old estates with gorgeous buildings and gardens, plus a delicious and abundant lunch. We ate so much good food and sampled so much delicious wine. The scenery was also beautiful. Beatriz was a very well-informed and caring guide, always trying to make our day special, and she was an excellent designated driver as well!
Our wonderful guides for this tour were Antonio and Beatrice. Because there were so many of us they provided 2 cars. We didn't know what to expect but the first wine estate we stopped at was amazing then it just kept getting better.
The tour was not only tasting these delicious local wines but we also learned about how the wine and olive oils are produced which is fascinating. We were all talking about it the next day. Beatrice and Antonio were very knowledgeable about the region and the produce and they were absolutely lovely, you can tell they love what they do as they are great with people. I can't recommend this tour enough.
IF YOU'RE IN PORTO LOOK THEM UP AND BOOK WITH THEM YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED YOU'LL HAVE A FANTASTIC DAY.
Beatrice picked us up right on time at our hotel. Then we collected a wonderful family from Scotland and we were on way to the Douro Valley to taste wine, Port and olive oil and food. Our first stop was Amarante to view a lovely church and then some local pastries from old convent recipes.
It was a great sugar rush and gave us an appreciation for the local artistry in the area's sweets. We then walk back to our van across a small dam stretched across the river, a tributary of the Douro. Alas, we were finally on our way to our first wine tasting...and lunch!
We had both red and white wines and an amazing local veal stew that was all but impossible not to have a second helping. Then, onto another wine tasting with a seven generation family winery that had lovely views and delicious wines. Of course, I had to buy some of the local olive oil. In addition to the wine there was some wonderful grape juice we got to taste.
Our last stop...oh but, before we get there the scenery go to each of the vineyards is stunning with the changes in elevation, the winding roads and the expanse of rows and rows of terraced vines.
So, at out last stop we got to a Port winery. Had tastes of a white port, a ruby port, a tawny port, a 10 year old white port, and lastly a LBV (late bottle vintage), which is a slight step below a vintage port. Then we headed back to Porto feeling happy, full and glad to have to spent the day with Beatrice as our knowledgeable guide and making new friends with Bill, Penny & Maddy. If you like wine and want to see what the Douro has to offer this a great way to spend a day enjoying and learning about the area.
What a perfect way to spend our first day in Portugal! We booked a private wine tour. Antonio was our wonderful guide for the day. He was so personable and knowledgeable about the area and wine. Antonio and his group have a done a great job of planning a day that is filled with a good representation of the wine (4 wineries were visited) in the area along with gastronomic treats unique to the area and Portugal. We were picked up at our hotel promptly at 7:30 AM. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are looking for an introduction to the Douro area wine.
We got to sit back and enjoy the scenery without getting lost and learn about the area. It was perfect! Thank you, Antonio!
We spent an entire day with Antonio (driver/guide), visiting four wineries, an olive oil facility (historic) and a wonderful lunch in one of the quintas. The Douro valley in the fall was beautiful, we had missed much of the harvest but there were still grapes on some vines and the fall colours had just started (late September). Antonio was a very informative guide, with much insight as to the culture and history of the region. It is clear he is passionate about wine production and knowledge. We were just three participants, so the tour was very personal and all our questions were answered. There were many photo opportunities. It was a packed itinerary, but a quick stop in Amarante gave us the chance to see the church and visit a cafe to have a coffee and locally made baked goods.
This was definitely a highlight of our trip to Portugal - this company, while I believe relatively new, is knowledgeable, interesting and fun. Recommended!
We traveled with Antonio yesterday to Douro and had a perfect day. He arranged tours with family-run operations which made the entire tour personal. We had three tastings and each visit was unique. The second tasting included a homemade Portuguese lunch of a charcuterie with a tasty pumpkin jam, delicious seafood stew, omelette, and homemade desserts. All the ports and wine we tasted were worthy of immediate purchase and we had to restrain ourselves. Antonio picked us up on time at our hotel and was an expert driver maneuvering the narrow winding roads of the valley. He was pleasant, thoughtful, and knowledgeable about wine and port making. This tour was much more than wine tasting. The first stop at Amarante was a treat. We had coffee and pastries and the walk through the quaint town was truly memorable.
We had a wonderful time visiting the Douro Valley region of wineries. Communication with the company was prompt prior to the trip. Our guide and driver Beatriz picked us up right on time at our hotel. Kudos to her for driving safely all day long while we all took naps. The first stop in a little town of Amarente. Very picturesque and quaint. Beautiful reflection of the town on the river.
We walked around the little downtown, then had coffee and sweets at the cafe, then walked across the river on the pathway back to the car. Then off to the first winery.
The drive to the Douro Valley is stunning. Every corner can be a viewpoint but Beatriz told us to be patient because she’s taking us to the best of the best look out points. The first winery was the biggest production of the three wineries we visited. But it was interesting to know the whole town works together during the harvest season to pick grapes and make wine. Of course, gorgeous view of their acres of acres of vineyards. We sampled some wine including Muscatel which was simply delicious. The second winery was even more special. Great view of the valley. So amazing. This was our lunch spot as well, hosted by none other than the winery owner/winemaker himself, Senor Antonio. Home cooked traditional Portuguese stew called Feijoada with a side of rice. Very authentic feel and authentic food. I appreciated the homey touch to this lunch experience that you cannot get a restaurant.
We enjoy interacting with the locals and experiencing the true culture. We sampled his wines throughout the lunch, ended with 10 yr old tawny port. Muito bom! This is truly a small production winery that just opened to the public. He even asked if anything else can be done to make our experience better. Sr. Antonio is so personable he wants to tell us more stories but we need to get to the next winery! Another nap, then voila we are at the next winery. Family owned winery that makes great port wines. Another stunning view of the valley from this winery. We tasted Branca, ruby, 10 yr and 20 yr tawny. Buy buy buy. The lady who poured us is one of the family members, she is very knowledgeable and explained many things to us about port. We truly enjoyed the tour itself, Beatriz’s company, her narratives in the car on the winemaking, region, history, and culture. She was attentive to our needs and made sure we were having great times.
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for a smaller group tour experience with more intimate interaction with the wineries and tasting great wines. I will book another tour will them when I return for sure and I can’t wait!
Portuguese wine is not as good as French wine! But it is nice. French tours however, are not as good as Portuguese ones! This day was fabulous. Everything was perfect, Our guide was brilliant he helped me stand up at the end of the tour
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