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About Us

Since 2005, Ryan and Gabriella Opaz have shared both their personal and heavily researched stories about Spain and Portugal. Ranging from jaw-dropping culinary experiences to simple off-the-beaten-track adventure stories in tiny Spanish towns, there’s one element that has always remained consistent at Catavino’s core – outstanding food, wine and culture stories.

In 2013, Catavino moved its base from Barcelona to Porto to create a full service DMC (Destination Management Company).

Today, Catavino helps people discover the hidden treasures of Portugal and Spain, through their custom designed tours and experiences specifically related to wine, food and culture. Peruse our tour pages of Portugal and Spain to inspire a the idyllic trip for you, or simply contact us for more information!

If you’re in town, book at tasting at theLAB. Our recently opened space features an artisanal wine shop, art gallery, event space and tasting room located on the vibrant street of Rua do Bonjardim in Porto. This dynamic place was designed to leave pretension at the door in lieu of new ideas, radical flavors, and powerful communities! Consider it your cozy corner space to meet new people, try new wines, and to learn a thing or two about Portuguese culture. Find out more about our wine tastings including our Introduction to Portuguese Wine, our Natural Wine Tasting, or better yet, create a Custom Private Wine Tasting just for you!

About Catavino

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:
Favorite hidden village/Aldeia/Pueblo:
Ponte de Lima
Natural Park:
Serra da Estrela
Favorite Biggish City:

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

Catar - Spanish to look at, examine, taste or sample
Vino - Spanish for wine
Catavino - to taste wine

Catavino started as one of the very first wine blogs in the world with a dedication to exploring Spanish and Portuguese wines. Hence the name reflected Ryan and Gabriella's initial desire to taste as many styles of Iberian wine possible. Today, Catavino is using their 30+ years of combined wine and food experience crafting luxury custom tours throughout Spain and Portugal for travelers with a passion to explore the world.

Catavino's main office is in Porto, Portugal with a satellite in Madrid, Spain.

Ryan and Gabriella Opaz founded Catavino in 2005 as a blog about Spanish and Portuguese wine. In 2013, Catavino evolved into an Incoming Tour Operator and D.M.C. (Destination Management Company) for the entire Iberian Peninsula