Day trips & excursions

Douro wine rebels and pioneers full-day tour

Availability: Daily
Duration: 10 hours
Language: English , French
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Experience the Douro Valley’s fresh-thinking inventors and their exciting new wine styles
  • Visit one winery that is not part of the tourist-track
  • Stop at the dreamy Romanesque town of Amarante
What to expect

One reason for all the talk about the Douro Valley is its new reputation for creating fresh styles of spirited, award-winning table wines. On this tour, you'll get an insider-view (and taste) of the Douro's innovative, new wines and Portugal's movers and shakers who make them.

An appropriate start to the day is coffee in the idyllic village of Sabrosa, known as the birthplace of Magellan, the first man to circumnavigate the globe.

A breathtaking drive down the Vale de Pinhão takes you to Quinta do Bomfim, the flagship property of the Symington Family Estates. This influential Scottish-English-Portuguese family has been making Port for generations, yet they are always evolving: bio vineyards, and new production methods and wine types. A winery visit and tasting is followed by a picnic lunch (supplied by the Quinta) on the terrace of Echo House among the vineyards' wonderful views.

After a gentle post-lunch stroll, you'll head to one of two wineries that are not part of the tourist-track. Their work schedule will determine where you’ll go:

  • Quinta de Napoles, home of Douro’s rebel vintner Dirk Niepoort, the fifth-generation Dutch owner of the playful Niepoort brand, and pioneer of table wine production. The impressive modern winery is another first, designed by Austrian architect Andreas Burghardt for energy efficiency and ergonomics, producing innovative wines of great quality. Or
  • Wine & Soul*, an emerging wine label from a ground-breaking Portuguese couple determined to flip Douro wine production on its head. Consistent award winners and an unconventional philosophy and approach, this intimate scale winery is a privileged visit.

Another gorgeous drive back and, time-dependent, you'll stop at the dreamy Romanesque town of Amarante.

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What's included
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Porto
  • Private transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned SUV
  • Picnic style lunch at Quinta do Bomfim
  • Two wine tastings
  • Private tour
  • Expert guide
  • Entry/Admission - Quinta do Bomfim
  • Entry/Admission - Vinicola Wine & Soul or Quinta de Napoles - Niepoort wines SA
Where
Meeting point:

Pick-up at your hotel or any other location of your choice in Porto. Pick-up starts 10 minute(s) before departure

Please confirm the pick-up place directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information on the voucher after booking

What to remember
  • Please confirm the pick-up place directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information on the voucher after booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Minimum 2 people and a maximum of 4 people for this activity
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity
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When
  • Daily at 9.30am
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Provider
Grape Discoveries
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 2 days before the activity begins.

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