“Thank you so much! Your inside knowledge and experience made this a tour we could not duplicate on our own. I loved getting to know the people behind the wines. The whole experience was 1st class and a great value! We will happily be ambassadors for Portugal!” – Jim Graupmann
Despite being madly in love with wine, it’s a rare opportunity to fully experience a wine harvest. To feel the weight of the grapes in the palm of your hand, to smell the rocky soils beneath your feet, and to hear the rush of the Douro River below you is a once in a lifetime experience, and one we passionately feel that you should enjoy!
The 2017 Portuguese Harvest Tour was designed to not only showcase a world renowned wine regions of Central and Northern Portugal, but to do so with us as your guides. This luxurious, highly customized tour was created with every detail in mind to ensure that your experience will be a unforgettable one.
Please note that if these dates don’t fit your schedule, the tour is too long, or you simply need a different type of wine experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re happy to craft something more to your liking.
DAY 1 – Sunday – September 17th, 2017
Arrive Porto, Portugal, Welcome
Set in a renovated 18th century palace, the NH Batalha is a polished, cozy hotel located just a stone’s throw from Porto’s main historical attractions. See the colorful tiles aligning the city streets, intricately laid cobblestone and majestic monuments. Meander down narrow alleys filled with mouthwatering aromas of grilled fish, wooden Port casks and roasted chestnuts. Porto is a romantic city, a place where ancient buildings and centuries old cafes line the streets beckoning you to explore! Your hosts, Gabriella and Ryan Opaz, will welcome you to an extraordinary dinner in one of our favorite wine bars in Porto! Here, every gastronomic moment is exclusively designed for you in a light, family-style manner, to help ease you into your adventure. Consider tonight your initial seduction into Portuguese wine, including a few very special wines from Catavino’s private cellar!
DAY 2 – Monday – September 18th, 2017
Vinho Verde wine region
Just south of Galicia and north of Porto lies Vinho Verde, the famed white wine capital of Portugal. It’s the largest and most fertile Portuguese wine region, where granite soils and flowing rivers cascade into the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Here you’ll visit two wineries. One is a 500 year old estate growing predominantly organic grapes in granitic soils with natural yeasts. Though Alvarinho has garnered international attention in Vinho Verdes, you’ll taste distinct wines made from Avesso, Arinto, Chardonnay, Viognier and Gewürztraminer, in addition to a handful of reds made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot Noir – the three main Bordeaux red grapes – blended with Touriga Nacional. A private lunch will be hosted on an outdoor terrace overlooking the vines. Nearing the end of the day, we’ll check into your boutique hotel, a newly renovated 5* star hotel perched alongside the Douro River. When your mood strikes, come join us for a cocktail on the terrace, or ditch us entirely for a swim in their pool! Dinner tonight will be featuring fusion flavors from the Douro Valley at the hotel’s awarded restaurant, Rabelo.
“This trip was our first group travel and won’t be our last! Extremely well organized and the personal contacts you shared with us gave us a view of Portugal and their wines that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. To the entire Catavino Team, job well done!” – John Dell
DAY 3 – Tuesday – September 19th, 2017
These next few days will be dedicated exclusively to the Douro Region. Long famous as the source of Port wine, the Douro is now popular for its fine, rich unfortified wines, both red and white. This is one of the wildest, most mountainous and rugged wine regions of Portugal, cut through in deep twists and turns by the River Douro. Today, you will enjoy two very different winery experiences in the Douro Valley, connected by one essential theme….quality wines. You’ll begin your day at Cristiano van Zeller’s winery, former owner of legendary Port house, Quinta do Noval. After his family sold Noval, Cristiano set out to promote and foster a certain attitude and marketing thrust in the Douro – the specialist small-volume vineyard-based Quinta. He is unarguably the driving force behind ‘The Douro Boys’ – a collection of great Quinta-based producers. After lunch, you’ll head to one of the the most traditional and emblematic wineries in the Douro, followed by a wine tasting at the very top of of their property providing remarkable views of the Valley! With plenty of time to refresh prior to dinner, we’ll head to a quaint little restaurant tucked away in the mountainous town of Ervedosa – easy to pass if you blink! The menu focuses on family recipes taken directly from the region, where for centuries, they were prepared in households across the region. With a fantastic wine list, and extremely knowledgeable staff, it’s a lovely place to savor a meal.
DAY 4 – Wednesday – September 20th, 2017
Douro Valley, Régua and Pinhão
In the heart of the Cima Corgo, midway between Régua and Pinhão, we’ll visit a charming producer who’s taking the world by storm! Award winning reds are always supported by unprecedented Port wines, and this family run winery has one of the oldest field blend vineyards in the Douro Valley. Amid spectacular views, you’ll not only stomp grapes, but you’ll taste through their top end wines. A delicious home-cooked lunch will be hosted inside the winery among the family. If there was ever a life altering vinous moment, this is it! A private boat will meet you afterwards for a slow, meandering cruise along the vine covered terraces to the legendary DOC restaurant. A regional menu has been customized for you on this evening to highlight why the north of Portugal is the new gastronomy center of Europe.
DAY 5 – Thursday – September 21st, 2017
Although Vinho Verde, Douro and Tavora Varosa make stunning Portuguese espumante, the wine region of Bairrada is by far the oldest sparkling winemaking region – nestled between Portugal’s Atlantic coast to the west and Caramulo and Buçaco Mountains to the east. Your winery visit will not only feature exceptional, and under-appreciated, Portuguese bubbles, but the king of Bairrada grapes, Baga. This thick-skinned, highly tannic creature can make unbelievably rich and textured wines, which you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying both in the vineyards and with Central Portugal’s culinary specialities, roasted suckling pig. After lunch your driver will take you back to Porto. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure to explore Porto’s bustling shopping scene or simply cat nap in the comfort of your hotel.
DAY 6 – Saturday – September 22nd, 2017
Like the best shows, we’ve left the sweetest morsel of the tour for last – a day crafted for both food and wine geeks! You’ll be taken on an extensive Walking Food Tour to enjoy ten traditional and iconic Portuguese foods, all while learning about the families and history behind each of the restaurants, cafes, and specialty food shops that you’ll visit. In between tastings, you’ll be given a crash course on Porto’s history, architecture and culture while meandering the azulejo (tile) covered streets. The afternoon is yours to discover the various boutique shops and museums dotting Porto or simply to take a cat nap in the comfort of your hotel room. Finally, the moment to say goodbye. Among trusted friends, we’ll say our farewells at one of Porto’s top seafood restaurants. If you love seafood, consider this your utopia!
DAY 7 – Sunday – September 24th, 2017
With a bag full of wines, and a heart filled with memories, you’re on your way home. If, however, you’d like to explore more of the peninsula, we’ll customize the remainder of your trip exactly to your liking.
Please note that if these dates don’t fit your schedule, or you simply need a different type of foodie experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us! This tour can easily be customized to your specific needs.
About your guide
Ryan has lived in Iberia for 11 years working in the wine industry as a leading conference organizer, top blogger, keynote speaker, wine judge and consultant to top wineries from all over Europe. Today he lives in Porto, Portugal with his wife and 3 year old son helping visitors fall in love with the landscapes, wines and foods of Portugal and Spain. In 2016, he became a knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood for his tireless devotion to promoting Port wine. Ryan is also a passionate photographer who will have his work featured in a book about the foods of Northern Portugal.
|7 Days/6 Nights harvest experience
from September 17th to 24th, 2017
|4,500* Euros per person
(*based on double occupancy) Single supplement available upon request
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