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Grape Discoveries

Porto, Portugal
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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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al t wrote a review May 2020
Cascais, Portugal78 contributions33 helpful votes
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 regular tours with a fabulous agenda. Port and cheese tasting, wine tasting, olive oil tasting and even a chocolate tasting! Peppered with great stories and history while we trekked across the city on a beautiful day. We’ve been fortunate to also take the Douro River Wine Tour with James which we couldn’t recommend highly enough! The good fortune of all this is never lost on us, and each of these amazing adventures reinforce the reasons we arrived in Cascais exactly 11 months ago today🌞
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded May 22, 2020
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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craigandmicki wrote a review Feb 2020
Lisbon, Portugal95 contributions67 helpful votes
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 choose from the most select yet diverse array of cheeses, sausages and wines. Our palates were teased with the unexpected sensuousness of olive oils. Between samples of light and luscious pastries and sips of astonishingly smooth chocolate, we lunched at a hidden neighborhood tasquinha. We walked across the top of Porto, chatting with new and familiar friends and stopping to gape at architecture that changed with every corner. Laughing, snapping photos and holding arms, we indulged and inhaled Porto at an unhurried pace. James is generous and engaging, tempting our taste buds while rolling out historical notes in tune with co-hostess Filipa's legends of Portugal. Recommending this adventure is our pleasure!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Mar 2, 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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catarina J wrote a review Jan 2020
Lisbon District, Portugal1 contribution
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 questions, Great way to find and buy nice gastronomic treats to your table and friends. Loved the olive tasting experience,
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Jan 9, 2020
Thanks so much for your review, I'm delighted you enjoyed the Porto Taste Discoveries experience.
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Tom C wrote a review Dec 2019
Porto, Portugal1 contribution
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 pastry and coffee shop with a vaulted ceiling and mirrored walls and cozy tables. Why didn't I ever step inside this one before? And I haven't experimented nearly enough with the wine. This gave me a taste of what I was missing, the variety, more to explore as I take some time to explore my palate. It really helps to hear how to enjoy food and drink from those who have already walked the path. Slow steps and cheerful chats with others on the tour. I'm not breathing nearly as hard as I usually do. Just floating along. I never knew how different olive oils could be; how had I not noticed the peppery burn aftershock? Shy towards eating fish, now I crave those meaty sardines. So many times I walked past that gate by the church, mid-hill. This tour knows when it's open and invited us through. A magnificent panorama on a sunny day, and now I haven't missed seeing it.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Dec 20, 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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SnEllietje wrote a review Dec 2019
Cascais, Portugal71 contributions19 helpful votes
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. Related to nutrition and to the beautiful buildings to be discovered on the trail. In that sense Porto truly is a treasure cove.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Grape-Discoveries, Owner at Grape Discoveries
Responded Dec 19, 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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