Join us for a Taste of Portugal!

June 30 - July 5, 2019

 
 

Your hosts

Michelle Paris is the owner of Adventure in Wine. She is a Sommelier and wine educator based in Toronto. She is also a Certified Ambassador of the Academy of Wines of Portugal. She has travelled in the region and has judged the Portuguese National Wine Awards. She is currently working towards her Master of Wine designation.

Ryan Opaz is our local guide. He is the CEO of Catavino, a company that specializes in wine and culinary tours in Portugal and Spain. He has been knighted by the Port Wine Brotherhood. Having lived in Spain and Portugal for the past 13 years, he has intimate knowledge of the Portuguese wine regions and its people.

Together, Michelle and Ryan have put together the following itinerary. We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

Itinerary

June 30

Arrive at Porto International Airport

  • Meet private English-speaking driver outside customs. Depart for hotel (one car per couple)

  • Dinner at a local wine bar with Ryan Opaz, Catavino’s CEO and wine guide, and Michelle Paris, Sommelier and Wine Educator. (Set menu with wines).

July 1

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Today we will visit Port wine cellars. Meet Ryan Opaz, Michelle Paris, and your bus driver in the hotel lobby. Cross the river to Vila Nova de Gaia.

  • Enjoy a private visit at Poças Junior, an independent family-owned business that has been in operation since 1918. Help them celebrate their 100th anniversary! Learn about Port’s history and culture while visiting their cellars, followed by a premium tasting of Tawny Port and the Vintage Fire Opening in their newly built tasting room.

  • Drive to Vila Nova de Gaia riverfront for lunch (not included).

  • This afternoon you will test your knowledge with a fun blind tasting at Burmester Port Lodge. The lodge sits in a beautiful location near the lower deck of the D. Luiz bridge, on the river’s edge. This company has been exporting Port since 1750. The Burmester cellars and museum, which were re-opened to the public in 2012, will offer you the opportunity to explore their vast collection of historic items and wines.

  • Return to hotel. 

  • Transfer from hotel to restaurant.

  • Enjoy a relaxed dinner at an informal restaurant in Porto (Set menu with wines).

  • Transfer to hotel.

July 2

 Bairrada, Portugal

Bairrada, Portugal

Today, we’ll head to 1.5 hours south-west to Bairrada, an exciting region producing fabulous still and sparkling wines

  • Visit Luís Pato, one of our favourite wine producers in the region. Enjoy the emblematic dish of  Bairrada: roast suckling pig paired with some of the winery’s best sparkling wines. 

  • After lunch, enjoy a private visit and premium wine tasting at the property of Filipa Pato. Filipa’s philosophy is simple: create authentic wines that express the true nature of their vineyards of origin. You will taste some of Portugal’s indigenous grapes - Baga, Bical, Arinto, Cerceal, and Maria Gomes  - which Filipa grows biodynamically.

  • Return to Porto.

  • Free evening.

July 3

 Douro River and a Barco Rabelo

Douro River and a Barco Rabelo

Leave for the Douro Valley, land of Port wine.

  • Private tour at Quinta da Gaivosa, one of six Douro properties owned by the Alves de Sousa family. The de Sousa family also owns other estates along the valley, making them one of the largest independent producers in the Douro. 

  • Private visit at Quinta do Crasto. Located in a magical place, Crasto has developed into one of the leading estates in the Douro Valley. Their cult-wines, Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Marie-Teresa, are among the most highly rated and sought-after wines from Portugal. Premium tasting and lunch in the winery included.

  • After lunch, relax with a leisurely private cruise along the winding Douro River in a barco rabelo, a majestic wooden sailboat historically used to transport the Port wine barrels from the Douro Valley to the Port Lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. 

  • Arrive and check into your hotel in the Douro Valley - 2 nights 

  • Dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant (pre-set menu with wines).

July 4

 Douro Valley

Douro Valley

  • Visit the picturesque vineyards of Wine & Soul, located in the heart of the beautiful Pinhão Valley in the Douro. This innovative, yet rustic winery was founded by Jorge Serôdio Borges and his wife Sandra Tavares da Silva, two of the most celebrated winemakers in Portugal. Initially, the winery included a lone vineyard, Pintas, but through the years it has gradually expanded to include additional properties, such as the magnificent Quinta da Manoella, located in the Pinhão Valley. Lunch will be served at the Quinta.

  • After lunch, we head to Quevedo, located in the picturesque town of S. João da Pesqueira in the Douro Superior wine region. Walking in their vineyards overlooking the Douro River, followed by an private wine tasting. This winery is part of a new generation of small family wineries based in the Douro.

  • Dinner at Toca da Raposa, a quaint 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. With a fantastic wine list and extremely knowledgeable staff, it’s lovely place to dine. 

  • Transfer to hotel. 

July 5

 Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde

Leave for Porto.

  • On the way, stop for a private guided visit, with wine tasting and lunch (pre-set menu with wines), at Quinta da Covela, a boutique winery located on a beautiful estate in the Vinho Verde region, between Douro and Minho. It sits in a geological transition area between granite and schist in a south-facing amphitheater on the river’s right-bank. The estate covers 34 hectares, of which 14 are vineyards. The wines produced include not only some of the greatest whites in Portugal, but also rosés and award- winning reds. 

  • Check into hotel  - 1 night 

  • Free afternoon

  • For our final dinner, we’ll be heading out for a seafood fest at O Gaveto. This family- owned restaurant is an icon in the city, not only for its superb wine list, but also for its divine fresh fish. When you walk through the door, you’ll be met with trays of the daily catch, such as stuffed rock crab, cod, and tiny orange shrimp. (Dinner  included)

July 6

Private transfer from hotel to Porto International Airport (1 car per couple).

Additional Information

The trip is for 12 people. If we don’t reach this number, we’ll have to cancel.

Deadline for joining the tour is December 14, 2018.

Included

  • 3 + 1 night at Teatro Hotel in Double Gallery rooms with breakfast included 

  • 2 nights at The Vintage House in Double Standard rooms with breakfast included

  • Individual arrival and depart transfer in Porto (1 car per couple)

  • Deluxe mini bus at disposal as per itinerary

  • Michelle Paris, Sommelier, wine educator, and Certified Ambassador of the Academy of Wines of Portugal

  • Ryan Opaz, Catavino CEO and wine guide at disposal as per itinerary 

  • 5 dinners (pre-set menu with wines)

  • 4 lunches (pre-set menu with wines)

  • 2 Port wine cellar visits with premium wine tasting and activities

  • 7 winery visits with premium wine tasting

  • Special winemaker guest for last dinner in Porto 

  • Catavino’s expert coordination and support 

  • Welcome information packet, restaurant recommendations, our 24 hour contact number

Not included

  • Porto tourist tax

  • Personal expenses

  • Flights to and from Portugal 

Price

Price per person (based on 2 people sharing a double room)  - €3,300

Single supplement - €550

Payment conditions:

  • Deposit at time of booking: €500 per person

  • 6-months from start of trip: €1,000 per person payable within three (3) business days from date of invoice

  • 2-months from start of trip: €1,800 per person payable within three (3) business days from date of invoice

  • Any additional services to be paid within three (3) business days from date of invoice

  • Catavino may cancel the booking if payment is not received according to the above terms

  • All payments will be processed by Catavino

Fee for Cancellation

  • Instalments are non-refundable 

  • Any additional service(s) and/or space(s) confirmed after the signature of this agreement will be used for calculation of the fee for full or partial cancellation.

Please note that no reservations have been made. Prices and availability may change at the time of confirmation and reservations of tour services will only be done after receiving the tour deposit. 

Please contact us my clicking below if you are interested. Once we have the requisite number of people to run the trip, we’ll send you and invoice for the initial deposit.