• Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Discover the fresh flavors of Portugal’s ‘green’ wine during this small-group wine tour through the province of Minho from Porto. Vinho Verde, aka ‘green’ or ‘young’ wine, is a specialty of northern Portugal and on this tour you will steep in its history and admire the lush landscapes of the Green Wine Route. Visit traditional wineries, learn about the production of their wine, taste superb wines, and relish traditional cuisine. Enjoy extra attention from your guide on this small-group tour with wine lovers limited to eight people.

Highlights

  • Full-day wine tour from Porto, led by a knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore the beautiful vinho verde wine region of northern Portugal
  • Visit two wineries to taste Portugal’s famous green wine, and enjoy samples of local sausage
  • Tour the ancient cities of Celorico de Basto and Amarante
  • Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch of local specialties
  • Learn about local history, culture, architecture and winemaking traditions
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Wine Tour of the Vinho Verde Region from Porto Including Lunch

Enjoy the famous green wine from Portugal!

In the morning, meet your guide for a pickup at your Porto hotel and then begin your small-group wine tour of the renowned Minho province. As you drive in your air-conditioned minivan, learn about the region that cultivates Vinho Verde or green wine. Hear about the 30,000 plus producers whose heritage is creating this specialty wine.

Take a break on your drive north and see a hidden area where stunning vine-laden hillsides receive fresh gusts of wind from the Atlantic. Continue another hour or so to Celorico de Basto, old town which boasts a beautiful vantage point of forested mountains. Here, savor your first tasting of crisp green wine which was is named for its early creation, not color. Learn how the local topography and climate help form Vinho Verde’s light complexion and unique flavor.

Afterward, take a break for lunch at a traditional Portuguese diner. Enjoy the flavors of a rich and nourishing stew and delicious cod. While savoring your meal, gaze out at the breathtaking views of Amarante and its green farmland.

Next, head to the nearby city of Amarante, which is thought to have been established in the 4th century BC. Here, wander through its charming city center and see the Church St Goncalo, which honors an influential Portuguese priest. By now you’re thirsty again, so stroll nearby to a farm’s renovated manor house and enjoy another wine tasting. Inside, notice the homemade sausages dangling from the rustic rafters as you swirl your next pour of wine.

Following your last gulp, hop back in your minivan and return to your Porto hotel where your tour ends in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Marline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our driver Luis was prompt and professional. He gave us the background of wine making while driving is to our first winery. The first winery was magical. Mr. Fernandes was an excellent host and took us on a tour of his estate which was amazing. He explained the process of making 'green wine' and afterwards presented a delicious wine tasting along with some yummy snacks. We did not want to leave. Then Luis took us to a popular local restaurant in a small village where we ate a traditional lunch along with the locals. Afterwards Luis drove us to a second winery, not as charming as Mr. Fernando's winery but very nice as well, and different. Here we also got a tour of the grounds which included some very old buildings. Afterwards we were presented with some delicious wine to taste but unfortunately no snacks were presented. This tour was excellent and worth the money and we would go again in a heartbeat.

Matt P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Our tour host Marco was fantastic. Both estates were wonderful, with Mr. Fernando the owner of the first stop, taking the time to personally walk us through his estate. Marco went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great day. Highly recommended!

Teresa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

What a trip! We had a great tour guide but the property we visited was the best I have ever visited! The owner, an elderly man whose name escapes me as I am writing this was a delight. His passion for his property, the wines he produces, his gardens and his love for what he is creating is infectious! A total delight!

Kevin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our guide Marco was enthusiastic, spoke excellent english and was a conservative driver on what were pretty windy roads. The farm we visited in the morning made the trip for us.An excellent day.

Kathleen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

We have done a lot of wine tours over the years but this one was very special for us. We had a private tour as no one else had booked for the day. So grateful they did not cancel it. Our guide John was fantastic and was in tune to what we were enjoying and allowed us time based on this. The small, quaint wineries that we visited were just our style. Everything about the day was perfect - the wine, the food, and the people we met. The day was the highlight of our two weeks in Portugal and Spain.

Dawn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend this tour.

Rory T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is an excellent alternative to the more popular Douro Valley tours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating and picked us up from right outside out apartment.

We would absolutely encourage people to try this tour and experience the fabulous vineyard of the entrepreneurial Fernando Fernandes and much, much more!

ARTURAS P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Quite interesting tour. Especially first part of the day. We have really interesting walking with owner of the first small winery and wine in this winery was beautiful. Tasting of the wine in this winery with range of other delicacies produced on the estate or in the area was excellent.

prettyprettyvacant

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

excellent really enjoyable tour, Pedro is a very engaging guide and the food,wine and wineries were all wonderful

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabulous day...made possible by our guide, Nuno, and the amazing vineyards we went to. He was a pleasure to spend the day with..,highly recommend his services. The sights were breathtaking. One of the top days of the entire trip!

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