An Exclusive Wine Harvest Experience in Portugal’s Douro Valley
An occasion that only rolls around once a year deserves to be celebrated. Set in the world’s first-ever wine-producing region, the month of September sees the iconic Douro Valley in Portugal come to life with its annual wine harvest. Drive along scenic winding roads framed by terraced vineyards before embarking on one of our favourite wine tasting experiences. From secret cellar doors that lead to wine caves rich with stories dating back hundreds of years to harvesting grapes by hand in breathtaking vineyards, be a part of Portugal’s history as you join in this ancient tradition.
Rise with the warm summer sun to meet your driver and specialist guide that awaits you at your accommodation to transport you to the Douro Valley for this unique, full-day Portugal tour. Cruise along country roads lined with hard, rocky slate and plunging, terraced vineyards, as you head to your harvest destination overlooking the famous Douro River.
Upon your arrival, join your private guide in wandering around the quinta (estate) to take in the harvest buzz around you – vineyard workers tackling the tricky terrain to pick the fruit, hundreds of grape-filled crates entering the cellar and the smell of freshly pressed grape juice wafting through the air. After a brief estate orientation, you’ll be led out into the vineyards to learn about the estate’s vines. For a true harvest experience, you’ll get the opportunity to grab a pair of secateurs (shears) and join in on harvesting some of the grapes.
After your time in the vineyard, take a well-deserved lunch break. Set at a perfect spot in the Douro Valley to admire the river and busy vineyards, indulge in a regional chef’s choice menu accompanied by award-winning wines. Following your lunch, continue your wine adventure into a beautiful wine cave used for the storage and ageing of wine. Take in the rich aromas of wine and oak while admiring stone-clad walls lined with hundreds of barrels. Next up, spend your final hours taking part in a tradition that few get to experience – grape stomping. Roll up your sleeves as you climb into gigantic granite tanks to stomp away the final moments of a magical wine tasting experience with a twist in Portugal’s Douro Valley.
Collection by your specialist guide in a private vehicle
Arrival at Quinta
Arrive at one of the Douro Valley's top quintas (estates)
Exclusive Harvest Picking
Venture out into the vineyards for an immersive experience with the harvest helpers learning about and picking the grapes
Overlooking breathtaking views of the Douro, indulge in a local lunch paired with award-winning wines
Cave Exploration and Grape Stomping
Explore a beautiful wine cave before taking part in the age-old tradition of grape stomping in giant granite tanks – a must on a Portugal tour
Your specialist guide will drop you back at your accommodation (or a predetermined location depending on your requirements)
Rate includes: Pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in and around Porto, private vehicle and specialist guide, set-menu lunch with drinks, vineyard tour, grape picking and stomping, wine cave tour.
Rate excludes: Gratuity
*Please note: For last minute bookings, special requests or large groups, please contact us to chat with one of our experts.
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