Our core team is made up of passionate people who've not only traversed the globe but who've sought out the very best flavors in route. From tiny grandmother kitchens tucked away in the Spanish Pyrenees to haute cuisine in Michelin star restaurants of the Algarve, we've uncovered the very best for you!
Catavino truly cares about you and your experience. As avid travelers ourselves, we know firsthand what it's like to have a subpar experience or to have your needs not fully understood. We pride ourselves on listening, asking questions and going out of our way to ensure your experience is exactly what you had in mind.
Ryan Opaz (CEO) Having spent over a decade touring and speaking about the lifeblood of Iberia, and Knighted by the Port Wine Brotherhood, Ryan is Catavino's designated "wine guy." Word to the wise, however, never ask him for his favorite, as he's bound to respond, "The one I've never tasted." His talents also extend to jaw-dropping photography, spectacular coffee roasting, tea tastings from far-off lands and mouthwatering cuisine. "Both Spain and Portugal have a wide range of fantastic wines, but few people know the value of their sparkling wines. Portugal's Espumante and Spain's Cava are absolutely worth exploring!"
Favorite Wine Region: Dão/Bairrada
Favorite comfort food: Tripas a moda do Porto
Favorite sweet treat: Rabanadas
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo: Ponte de Lima
Natural Park: Serra da Estrela
Favorite Biggish City: Porto
Gabriella Opaz (Editor-in-Chief) Born and bred in Chicago, storytelling is Gabriella Opaz' oxygen. As an award-winning speaker and writer, she uses stories to create a human connection between worlds that would otherwise never converge. Her recently published book, "The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal" was inspired by the alluring grandmother stories inside Porto's centenarian open-air market, Mercado Bolhão. "It's not just the food and wine that define your experience, but the locals that you share your experience with. So chat them up! It's worth every moment of your time."
Favorite Wine Region: Cava
Favorite comfort food: Espinacas con Garbanzos
Favorite sweet treat: Crema Catalana
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo: Llastres, Asturias
Natural Park: Cíes Islands, Galicia
Favorite Biggish City: San Sebastian
Ana Abreu (Tours Coordinator) grew up on a small farm in Coimbra where her passion for Portuguese culture flourished. "I want people to leave Portugal with the same obsession I have for my own culture!" Ana worked with Signature Travel agencies for over a decade and can attest to the hidden corners of the country that have yet to be explored like Marvão (best views ever!), São Miguel in the Azores for its natural beauty and Aguda for its spectacular beach and seafood. If you need a delicious treat, she suggests Broa with freshly grilled sardines, "There's nothing more Portuguese nor delicious. It's heaven!"
Favorite Wine Region: Douro Valley
Favorite comfort food: Carne de Porco à Alentejana
Favorite sweet treat: Pastel de Nata
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo: Marvão
Natural Park: Bussaco Natural Park
Favorite Biggish City: Coimbra
Andreia Barbosa (Office Ninja) Native to Porto, Andreia has not only brought her vast experience in Marketing, but her wild passion for travel having toured over 20 countries worldwide. "Though I fell madly in love with Cuba's color, Norway's vertiginous fjords, and China's diverse cuisine, I will always return to the warmth and graciousness of the Portuguese people." If you've never visited Portugal, make sure to visit the Paiva Walkways in Arouca. "Portugal is riddled with jaw-dropping riverbeds to explore. Take time to meander across their tree covered paths."
Favorite Wine Region: Vinho Verde
Favorite comfort food: Caldo Verde
Favorite sweet treat: Aletria
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo: Valença do Minho
Natural Park: Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
Favorite Biggish City: Braga
Lucy Silva (Assistant Tours Coordinator) Lucy is originally from Madeira but has lived in England, Italy, Hungary, and Portugal. She loves adventure and hiking and suggests that the one thing not to miss when visiting Portugal is hiking Pico Ruivo, the highest peak in Madeira Island (1861 m), during the night to watch the sunrise above the clouds. After many travels, she still considers this the most awesome thing she's ever seen.
Favorite Wine Region: Vinho Verde
Favorite comfort food: Arroz de Pato
Favorite sweet treat: Leite Creme
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo: Porto da Cruz (Madeira Island)
Natural Park: Vicentine Coast Natural Park
Favorite Biggish City: Guimarães