The Douro Valley is the perfect place to explore the rich history of northern Portugal and taste some fabulous wines. Although famous for its Port wines, there is a lot more on offer for wine lovers than you might think, from cruises along the river Douro to splendid palaces!
Check out our guide to the top 5 wine tours in the Douro Valley.
Spend a full day in the Douro region, UNESCO world heritage site, and experience its picturesque scenery. You will be guided to the award-winning Quinta do Tedo wine estate, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb high above the Douro river, to enjoy premium wine tastings. Quinta do Bomfim is another unmissable winery with its own gorgeous surroundings and wines of excellent quality: make sure you learn to distinguish their unique aromas and flavours during the explanatory tasting! The tours include a delicious lunch at Pinhão in a traditional restaurant where you can enjoy delicacies of the Portuguese cuisine and a cruise through the heart of Douro River.
Combine wonderful smells and flavours of top-quality typical Portuguese products with top historic sites, monuments and squares, and get the best of both worlds in one single day. Visit fantastic and emblematic typical timeless shops to taste the most traditional products and get to know the owners and their histories as locals.
Discover the majestic home of Mateus rosé by visiting the Mateus Palace, where you can explore the beautiful gardens and sample their wines. The tour also includes lunch overlooking the valley wine terraces at Quinta do Portal, a top winery. You can take a private tour of their estate and taste some of their highly-regarded wines. You will then get to sail the Douro River, taking in the beautiful scenery on an hour-long cruise. End the day at the award-winning Sandeman winery in Quinta do Seixo, for a tour and tasting.
This tour is perfect for those who want to get immersed in the history and culture of the region. Led by your expert guide, you will visit four picturesque villages around the Douro Valley; Amarante, Lamego, Régua and Pinhão. Each place is steeped in local history with plenty to explore. This is truly a gourmet’s trip, as three of the stops include wine tasting and samples of delicious Portuguese cuisine!
Discover the home of port wine with this private tour of the city. Soak up the local culture as you are guided around top locations, including the historic city center, the Sé Cathedral and Bolhão Market. Take in the views across the Douro river on the Eiffel tower inspired Dom Luis bridge. No trip to Porto would be complete without tasting some port wine, so you can also take a tour of a cellar with a tasting afterwards. You can then roam the city and stop for lunch and shopping.