Treat Yourself. This Is Amazing, and Well Worth It.
Curtis_N, Oct 2022
Douro Valley Private Tour with Sommelier
We got to know a little about each other and our families, and then Joao proceeded to learn about our tastes in wine, and why we chose the Douro to visit, etc.
This was the most absolutely perfect day trip. Joao met us on time, and was very easy to get along with. He picked us up in his impeccably clean car, at our Air B&B, and we had a very pleasant ride out from Porto to the Douro Valley. We got to know a little about each other and our families, and then Joao proceeded to learn about our tastes in wine, and why we chose the Douro to visit, etc. He gave us some different options for the tour, which was great.
We stopped at three separate locations, first a small, family run vineyard, then a larger, more commercial style location, and then he gave us a choice on our way back for our third and final stop (we chose a smaller one).
Joao guided us through all of the tours and tastings, and provided additional information and education about the wines (and other options), in addition to what the tasting provided.
One of the stops was in Pinhao, where we had an amazing lunch (included), which, of course, included a glass of wine, as well as a delicious dessert, and a glass of port.
We discovered, through his background in not only the hospitality industry, but as a sommelier in the area, that he had personal contacts at every location (including lunch) that helped make sure we not only "got in", but got top notch service as well. For example, at the larger winery we visited, he was allowed to provide us with a "behind the scenes" tour, which allowed us to compare production methods and styles between the smaller winery we had seen earlier (foot stomping) and the larger one (machine crushing). We appreciated the personal attention, and not a simple repeat of the same information over and over.
It should be noted that the views of the Douro Valley are not to be missed. Joao pulled over several times so we could get pictures from scenic areas, something that would have been very difficult in a larger tour bus, for sure.
This was, without question, and absolute FIRST CLASS experience. I am so happy to have chosen this route to see the Douro, and to have such a friendly, professional, and knowledgeable expert such as Joao as our personal guide. Our entire day was almost ten hours, and it was absolutely amazing.
Thank you, Joao, for an unforgettable experience.