Porto Wine Tour and Tasting

Learn to appreciate different types of Port and other wonderful local wines with a sommelier
From US$396 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
Various Specialty Wine Stores
Photos & Highlights
  • Discuss the history of wine making, from harvest to glass, as you taste Portuguese wines and pair them with cheese and charcuterie
  • Led by a wine producer or chef
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Tour Description
Led by a wine producer or chef, this Porto Wine Tour and Tasting provides an in-depth tutorial in wine history, technique, and appreciation. Porto is the spot to understand wine history given its location 60km away from the most well-known wine region in Portugal, the Douro Valley. Our 3-hour Porto Wine Tour and Tasting introduces the basics of Portuguese wines, from Port wine to Vinho Verde (Green Wine) and even the country’s lesser known appellations. Over a few glasses of wine, we will discuss the wine-making process and the evolution of wine in Portugal, as well as food and wine pairings, current trends, and tasting techniques to help you continue your appreciation at home or abroad. We’ll visit two or three characteristic wine bars or wine stores, where locals congregate to imbibe, snack, and socialize (where we’ll join in the fun too).

Porto Wine Tour and Tasting

We'll begin our Porto Wine Tour in the center of Porto at a small, authentic wine bar. Here, we’ll kick things off with a glass of wine and a discussion of Portugal’s history of wine production, which dates from 200 BC. We may learn about the art of tasting, and we'll explore the history of wine in Portugal with a specific emphasis on the Douro Valley (where Porto is located). We’ll learn about the grape varieties common to the Douro region, the process of fortified or unfortified wines and how the valley handles the sub-regional temperatures. We may pair another glass of wine with a Portuguese delicacy such as a small pie or some cheese. This is a fitting setting to showcase the diverse styles of Portuguese wine: these tastings will serve to calibrate your palate and introduce the rest of the tasting tour.

Perfect Pairings

We’ll move on our Porto Wine Tour to another local establishment, where we'll settle in to taste a couple of menu options of our choice. Surrounded by organic produce from regions throughout Portugal, our guide will use this location to talk about Portuguese gastronomic traditions linked to wine. We may try a Vinho Verde (Green Wine) washed down with some Portuguese charcuterie, cheeses, and olives. Or, perhaps we’ll decide to savor some tawny Port wine while tasting some Portuguese sardines and homemade bread. Our guide will use this opportunity to discuss the thinking behind pairing food and wine and the typical dishes that find themselves linked to certain wine varieties.


For a more focused examination of Portuguese cuisine, we recommend our Porto Food Tour.

Just Around the River Bend

We’ll finish up with a farewell wine at a location near the Douro River, down at Cais da Estiva. As we sip on a wine carefully selected by our guide, we’ll talk about the importance of this main artery, which cuts in deep twists and turns through some of the most rugged and hilly wine regions of Portugal. We may touch upon the transportation methods and the Port wine houses as we gaze across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia. The setting adds a symbolic ending to our Porto Wine Tour as we finish our glass of Portuguese sweet nectar, reflecting on the history and economic adventures of this charming region.

Take Aways

We will emerge with a greater understanding of the history of the region in relation to the wine along with our taste buds awakened from tasting a sample of Portuguese local snacks. We will leave our walk with new gustative knowledge of Portuguese wines that we can take home with us and put to good use when buying or drinking Portuguese wine anywhere in the world. The emphasis is on learning to enjoy Portuguese wines and observing, through tasting, how they reflect and encapsulate Portuguese culture itself.

FAQ

What is the legal drinking age in Portugal?
The legal drinking age is 18.


Is this tour wheelchair accessible? 
Some of the shops we visit are small and many will have a step up to access them. The general route may include small streets with narrow sidewalks; please contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility.
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maria was incredibly knowledgeable, accommodating and fun! I wanted to spend our entire trip with her. She is an expert in the food, wine and cultural influences of Portugal
Maria João should be your number one pick for this tour!! As Maria is both a chef and a sommelier, the depth of her experience with the wine and food is unparalleled. Her friendly engaging style and interest in sharing her love of Porto was apparent, as she added stops to our tour so we could learn more about the history of spices in the area, the markets used by locals to procure their food. The time flew by and we thoroughly enjoyed spending 4 hours with her!!
Exceptional; knowledgeable, informed about local issues, history of city and winemaking, knowledge of food, and culinary arts combined with wine tasting made for an exceptional tour. Also fun that she knew the local merchants in the markets and was just overall wonderful experience.