Douro Valley: A Vine to Wine Experience in Portugal

Experience Highlights

Embark on a Vineyard Tour
Taste Award-Winning Wines
Take in Breathtaking Views
Meet a Local Winemaker

Douro Valley: A Vine to Wine Experience in Portugal

This full-day experience will take you on a magical journey through the world’s oldest wine region, shining a light on what Explore Sideways knows best, the wonderful world of wine.  Drive alongside vineyards planted on plummeting hillsides, before visiting Quintas (wine estates) that boast architectural brilliance and some of Portugal’s finest wines.  From 200-year old cellar doors to breathtaking views over the Douro River, join us as we celebrate the best of Portugal’s Douro Valley.

View of the Douro Valley in Portugal

Venture to the Vineyards

As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. But when it comes to Portugal, the worm is the sun rising over a sea of vineyards, and well, it doesn’t get much better than that.  So rise early to meet your driver and specialist guide that awaits you at your accommodation to whisk you off on your day’s adventures.

Mesmerised by the never-ending vineyards of this prestigious wine region, you’ll arrive at your first location of the day.  Set on the banks of the Douro River within sight of the quaint town of Pinhão, you’ll join an acclaimed viticulturist for a private tour of the estate’s vineyards.  Learn the ins and outs of what makes this region so unique – from the climate and slope direction, right down to the soil composition.  Next up, you’ll be led to a private setup for your first guided wine tasting experience complete with top table wines and a very special 40-year old Tawny port.

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Douro Valley Dining

With sun overhead and your new-found wine knowledge, you’ll make way to your lunch spot.  Located in the centre of the valley overlooking the Douro, spend the next few hours enjoying a leisurely lunch with dishes inspired by the region and an impressive wine menu to match.   

Guests making a toast with wine overlooking the Douro Valley

Wine Cellars to Sword Sabrages

Your final Quinta beckons, so join your private driver and guide as you venture to an exclusive boutique port-producing Quinta.  Led by the winemaker, explore the estate’s beautiful cellar brimming with barrels before tasting your way through their award-winning wines.   

But wait, it’s not over.  On your drive back to your accommodation, you’ll be taken to a secret location and one of the best viewpoints over the entire Douro Valley for a sabrage experience.  Never handled a sword before? We thought the day needed one more first-time experience. Pop open a bottle of bubbles and toast to an incredible day.

Rate includes: Pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in and around Porto, private vehicle and specialist guide, 2 port and wine tastings, vineyard tour with a viticulturist, cellar tour, sabrage with bubbles.

Rate excludes: Lunch and gratuity.

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