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Grape Discoveries

Porto, Portugal
About Grape Discoveries
Grape Discoveries provides a limited number of curated private Douro Valley wine tours that are immersive, personal and real. Every aspect of your tour is curated by James Mayor, based on his own travels in the area, passion for Douro culture and wine, and deep friendships he’s made in the region. On your way to the Douro Valley, remember to spend time in Porto. Portugal’s amazingly beautiful second city is often cited as Europe’s hippest wine and food destination. Grape Discoveries has created Porto Taste Discoveries Tour, a culture, wine and food tour, curated by James Mayor. Like our Douro Valley tours, our Porto tour is intimate, sensory and fun. We keep our groups small, visit artisans, sample boutique wines and Port and succulent small-plates, and share unusual stories about this incredible city today on the knife-edge of tradition and innovation.
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Douro Wine Rebels and Pioneers

This Douro Valley winery tour, led by wine writer James Mayor (https://www.grapediscoveries.com/our-story/), offers a glimpse of why the Douro is often considered by experts as one of the world’s foremost wine regions, today producing wines that rival the best. 

On this private Douro wine tour you will:

✔️visit two of the finest wine properties in the Douro: Quinta do Bomfim and Wine & Soul;

✔️ learn about winemaking traditions and innovations in the Douro Valley, the world’s largest mountain vineyard with a multitude of exceptional terroirs;

✔️ taste award-winning Douro wines and Ports from two leading wineries;

✔️ savor Portuguese culinary delicacies during a picnic lunch.

Our Douro Valley winery tour begins with a breathtaking drive down the Pinhao Valley to Quinta do Bomfim, the flagship property of the Symington Family Estates. This influential Scottish-English-Portuguese family has been making Port since the 1600's, yet they are always evolving: organic vineyards, new production methods and wine types. A winery visit and tasting is followed by a picnic lunch (supplied by the Quinta) with wonderful views of the vineyards and the River Douro.

After a gentle post-lunch stroll, we'll head to Wine & Soul, a boutique winery owned by a talented Portuguese couple determined to flip Douro wine production on its head. Consistent international award winners and an unconventional philosophy, this intimate scale winery in a particularly beautiful part of the Valley, is a privileged visit.

This Douro Valley winery tour ends with another gorgeous drive back along the River Douro and through the Marao mountains.
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10 hours
from $271.09

Wine, Petiscos* and Douro Life

On this private Douro Valley wine tour, led by wine writer James Mayor (https://www.grapediscoveries.com/our-story/), you will get an insider perspective on what makes the Douro one of the most exciting wine regions in the world. You will meet two local families involved in making wines in the Douro Valley for generations. 

Your five senses will be fully immersed in the rich local culture with its winemaking traditions and flavorful gastronomy.

On this private Douro Valley wine tour you will:

✔️ visit the homes of Teresa and José, two cousins with big hearts, great sense of humor and vivid stories to share;

✔️ learn about the winemaking process in the Douro Valley;

✔️ taste excellent Douro wines and Ports from boutique wineries;

✔️savor Portuguese culinary delicacies around an 18th-century kitchen table.

First, you will visit a historic manor house lovingly restored by Teresa. A delicious Portuguese "petiscos" lunch (small plates) will be paired with selected wines from Lavradores de Feitoria, a boutique wine brand generating a lot of interest.

On our next stop, we will visit a typical Douro winery. José, the owner and winemaker will show you around his private museum and explain the winemaking process. You will taste more wonderful wines, olive oil, and an exceptional "ancestral Port".

In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a leisurely "secret walk" high above the River Douro, quite simply one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The return drive to Porto will surprise you with more staggering scenery and, if you are lucky, an incredible sunset over the hills. The perfect ending to your one-day Douro Valley wine tour you'll wish never to end.
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10 hours
from $271.09

Porto Taste Discoveries Tour

Sample tradition and innovation by taking a deep dive into Porto’s culinary and wine pairings. Explore the classical and contemporary Portuguese table, tasting palette-teasing small dishes and boutique wines and Port with huge flavour.

Stroll through ancient neighbourhoods with our engaging and informed guides, and discover their favourite artisan purveyors, with traditions stretching back centuries.

Experience a famous homeware store with an elegant present-day twist on Portuguese craft, walkthrough splendid squares and gaze at mesmerizing river views.

Fresh, baked, preserved, juicy, cured, roasted, savoury and sweet… from gourmet coffees to exotic chocolates, ripe fruit, fragrant hams, pungent cheeses, tangy tuna and wicked pastries, from floral olive oils to noble Douro wines and Port…

Four hours of rich gastronomic and cultural immersion.
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3 hours 30 minutes
from $79.07
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Another weekend, another Fabulous road trip to Porto, a magical Portuguese destination. Thursday we headed back with dear friends to enjoy the Porto Taste Discoveries Tour, a walking and tasting tour with our friend wine expert James Mayor. His company, Grape Discoveries, leads
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded 1 week ago
Great to know you enjoyed our Porto Taste Discoveries tour, many thanks for your lovely review and your recommendation. We are creating a couple of new Porto tours, to enjoy as soon as everyone feels safe to stroll around with friends and taste some wine. Hope to see you in Porto before long, cheers, James
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We've 'done' Porto six or seven times, yet never like this...and, we could have never 'done' it like this on our own. With James Mayer's insights and in-spots we found a completely new vibe to the city. We grew envious of locals who could pop into an intoxicating shop to
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Mar 1, 2020
I'm so happy you both enjoyed your Porto Taste Discoveries tour with us. Thank you for this lovely review. There are so many exciting food and wine spots in Porto right now... so I hope we'll see you again soon, for more discoveries, stories and laughter!
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I spend a lovely day strolling around Porto City Center, finding Portuguese little treasures and local stores which tell a lot about the Portuguese passion about food and wine, cheered by a good conversation. James was a great and patient host, taking time to answer all our
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thanks so much for your review, I'm delighted you enjoyed the Porto Taste Discoveries experience.
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After months here, I've seen some of Porto, but not these places and not like this. Yes, I've walked at a worried pace about daily life, over the cobbles, up and down the hills, storefronts familiar, but I didn't engage them leisurely until this Grape Discoveries tour. A
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Dec 19, 2019
Many thanks for your lovely review. I'm glad to know you enjoyed the cheerful chats on the tour and I hope you'll never more be shy about those sardines !
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I very much enjoyed this tour. It was well worth our time! We did not feel pressured at all to buy things (which in my experience with city tours is a pleasant rarity) but really enjoyed the way our guide fed us both with traditional food and drinks as with lovely little tales.
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Dec 18, 2019
I am so glad you enjoyed your Porto tour with us. We have a policy of NOT taking commissions from the artisans and shops we visit. We believe in sustainable tourism and it's fantastic if our customers sometimes choose to buy, and in this way contribute to the local economy.
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