The Best Wine and Food Tours in Europe are Here

Posted by: Soraia Costa

Post Date 03-Mar-2021 10:08:32

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Hemingway may have called Paris a “moveable feast,” but the same could be said of outstanding Portugal. Whether you dream of dining at Portugal's Michelin-starred restaurants, going on a truffle hunt in Lisbon, discovering the secrets of the Port Wine in Porto, or sampling the best traditional cuisine in the Alentejo, these eleven wine and food tours are sure to whet your appetite.

Discover all the best Wine&Food tours

 

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1- Day Wine and Food Tour in Porto

Spend an enjoyable day at Vila Nova de Gaia riverside. While enjoying one of the most beautiful landscapes of the historic city of Porto, you will also explore and taste the wines of three world-renowned Port Wine Cellars. This Tour will give you an opportunity to enjoy incredible and unique experiences in the Port Wine Cellars. After learning and enjoying the premium wines, you will lunch at Decastro Gaia Restaurant. This modern restaurant serves dishes filled with flavors of Portuguese gastronomy, that will embark your palate on a unique gastronomy journey. In the end, Port Wine Cocktail will be served at their amazing rooftop with a 360º view over the cellars and the Douro River.

 

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1-Day in the Douro Wine Region with Lunch in The Vineyard

Start the day in a wonderful estate - Quinta das Carvalhas. Here you will have the opportunity to discover and learn about the wine culture in the Douro Region, the estate, and taste its fantastic and great wines. Your journey will continue to Quinta do Seixo, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious wine paired with the regional delicacies. Moreover, this gorgeous Picnic in the Vineyard (or have a wine lunch if it rains) will be accompanied by amazing views, that the beautiful Douro Valley has to offer to its visitors.
You will finish your tour, with a visit to Quinta da Pacheca or Quinta do Vallado, where you will be able to observe the quality combined with the most advanced technology and taste its awarded wines.

 

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1-Day Wine Tour in Alentejo From Lisbon  

When arriving in Lisbon, we will transport you to Alentejo for an incredible day, where you will appreciate the scenic 1 hour and a half road trip to the Alentejo. The first stop of this one-day tour will be at Monte da Ravasqueira. Located in the municipality of Arraiolos, it enjoys excellent geological and climatic conditions for the production of the best wine that Alentejo can offer, taking advantage of its terroir. Further, the cellar of Ravasqueira is inspired in Napa Valley, California, and is equipped with the most advanced technology for a qualified and rigorous control of the wine-making process. In the end, you will taste for yourself the quality of its wine, as well, a visit to the Carriage Driving Museum, one of the best carriage private collections in the country.

After the wine experience, you will relish a lunch, at O Alpendre Restaurant. The Chef interprets the Alentejo cuisine with great passion, taking it as his starting point of the original recipes of this gastronomy and treating each delicacy as unique. All will be paired with the incredible wines of the restaurant wine list. 


After, explore Adega da Cartuxa - in which you will have a guided visit with a wine tasting and regional products -, located near the historic center of Évora, and of the Cartuxa Convent which inspired its name. The Wine Tourism Cartuxa is located in the former refectory of the Jesuit retirement home, in which the mongs, taught at the University of Évora in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Also, the Cartuxa Cellar - Quinta Valbom is now one of the stage centers of the wines produced by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, in which they create excellent products that have been recognized over the years with various prizes.

 

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1-Day in Douro with a Douro River Cruise

This tour starts at Quinta da Pacheca, with a guided visit that consists of learning the history of the estate, its wine-making process and in the end experience a unique wine tasting. But that's not all you will experience in this estate, you will also enjoy a lunch that will make you travel through the essence of the traditional Portuguese cuisine. Moreover, the tour will continue in the Quinta do Seixo. In this estate get to know its vineyards, with over 100 years old, its wine cellar, and robotic Lagares, and end the visit with a fantastic wine tasting in a magnificent Terrance where you will have the chance to appreciate the incredible views of the Douro river and the famed landscapes.

After these fantastic wine experiences, last but least, the fabulous Douro river cruise. Sail away for the discovery of the territory that the river has carved and men sculpted man, a region that was the source of compelling values for humanity and that is now the place of alluring wine experiences.

 

3-Day Tour in Douro with a Cruise in the Douro River

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This fantastic tour is perfect for those that have extra time but less than a week to spare. The tour starts at the estate of Pacheca where you will learn all the history, the vinification process, their amazing vineyards, the old winery, its wine cellar and end with a memorable wine tasting. After, end the first day in the best way by dining at the restaurant of Quinta da Pacheca where you will have delicious gourmet dishes that are paired perfectly with the award-winning wines of Quinta da Pacheca.

For the second day awaits for you a visit to the finest estates of the region. The estates are the incredible Quinta do Crasto and the fabulous Quina Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo. In the Quinta do Crasto you will visit its very old and renowned vineyards, its winery, and the barrel cellar, in which the ending will culminate with a tasting of five delicious wines. Moreover and after the wine comes lunch! Lunch will be served at Conceitus Restaurant in which will appeal to all your emotions and senses. After the gastronomic experience, you will explore Quinta Nova. Here you will be guided through the visit, passing but its vineyards, winery, and underground cellar. Of course, like in Quinta do Crasto, you will also have here the opportunity of tasting three fabulous wines. For the third and last day of this tour, enjoy the day aboard a fantastic private cruise on the Douro river. This is your chance to learn more about Portuguese history aboard a traditional Rabelo boat.

 

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3-Days Wine and Food Tour in Porto and Douro

On the first day of this fantastic tour, you will discover Porto city and we suggest that you take a self-guided visit. But let us give you some tips on the highlights of this wonderful city. Starting in the historic center, you should visit the Clérigos Tower, designed and decorated by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, located near Livraria Lello Bookstore, considered by Lonely Planet one of the three most beautiful bookstores in the world. Across Aliados Avenue, you will find São Bento Railway Station, where you can observe its twenty thousand painted tiles, depicting historical landmarks.

Continue to Santa Catarina street where is located in the shopping district of the city center, Bolhão Market, one of the oldest and most traditional markets in the city, and the Majestic Café, a place where you must stop and taste the famous "rabanada". After enjoying one of the most beautiful views of the Douro River from Porto Cathedral, we suggest a visit to the Stock Exchange Palace of Porto "Palácio da Bolsa", the building with the most different architectural styles in Porto and the Church of Saint Francis that is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto, is also noted for its outstanding Baroque inner decoration. Decorated with exuberant gilt woodwork or gold leaf "Talha dourada". In the end and after an enjoyable day discovering this awarded city, dinner will be served at Traça Restaurant. In this refined architectural restaurant, you will relish into quality dishes, all based on an Iberian cuisine where you are able to taste the best of what Portugal has to offer.

The second day is reserved for wine experiences that consist of visiting the Port wine cellars and listen to Fado. Visit the W & J Graham's, the Ferreira cellars, and the Calém cellars. In each cellar, you will visit and learn more about the Port wine and in the end have wonderful wine tastings. But in the Calém cellars, we have reserved a special and unique experience, a Fado concert, with a male and a female voice, accompanied on the traditional way by a Portuguese Guitar and a Classic Guitar. On the last day, you will leave the historic Porto, to explore the enchanted Douro Valley.  You will start by visiting three incredible Quintas of this region. One is Quinta do Vallado, Quinta de la Rosa, and the last one Quinta das Carvalhas. In both estates, you will learn more about its history, vineyards, cellar, and of course the production of the wine ending with wine tastings paired with regional delicacies. You will also have the chance to taste the gastronomy of the Douro is one of the restaurant estates, more particularly in the Quinta de La Rosa restaurant - Cozinha da Clara

 

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3-Day Lisbon Tour

Start this tour by unveiling the amazing Lisbon through a drive - private driver - or walking tour. In Lisbon's historic centre we will take you to the seductive appeal of the Chiado, a neighbourhood evoking the bourgeois tastes of 19th century Lisbon. You will also visit Lisbon's Cathedral, the only building that survived the 1755 earthquake. Afterwards, we go up one of Lisbon's seven hills, in the Alfama neighbourhood, you will find São Jorge Castel, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city. Then, you will discover the renovated "Baixa pombalina", where you will find the ultra-luxurious Avenida da Liberdade (where shoppers will find Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Armani, among other designers in the Rua Augusta Arch, the Santa Justa Lift and Comércio Square. After returning to your Hotel a stop at the stylish district of Chiado home to Café a Brasileira and sip on Bica—Portuguese espresso—to admire the stunning brass-and-wood Art Nouveau interior, preferred haunt of intellectuals and artists (including Fernando Pessoa and Almada Negreiros) since the early nineteenth century. After a wonderful day, you will dine at By The Wine, where you will find various gastronomic options, such as homemade bread from the Algarve, Iberian acorn ham and country sausages from Guijuelo (Salamanca area), a choice of cheese boards, Sado oysters, mussel’s salad, salmon ceviche, carpaccio, and desserts to accompany the Muscatels from Setúbal. 

The second day will consist of a day trought the wineries of Lisbon, such as Quinta do Gradil and Quinta da Chocapalha. In these Quintas you will have wonderful wine experiences, such as a Visit to the vineyards, to the cellars, barrel rooms, ending with a wine tasting paired with delicious typical delicacies. On the last day, you will visit the incredible Adega Regional de Colares, where you will have the opportunity to visit the winemaking and stage facilities, with an explanation of the process, followed by wine tasting in the main cellar (Nineteenth-century building) and winery shop. End in the best way possible this three-day tour in the romantic Sintra, a place that looks like something out of a fairy tale.

 

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3 Days Wine and Food Tour in the Alentejo Region

Start the tour by discovering on your own the historic Évora - World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Évora well-preserved historic center is one of the richest monuments in Portugal, worth the epithet of City-Museum. There are several reasons of interest to visit, the Temple of Diana, the Lóios Church, the Chapel of Bones, and the Cathedral are some of the essential highlights of the city. At the end of the day relax and enjoy a fantastic meal at the Degust'Ar Restaurant, in which Chef António Nobre develops his creative inspiration by exploring the Mediterranean flavors, filled with the unique and special character of the Alentejo region.

The second day will consist of learning more about the wine, as well, tasting at the Monte da Ravasqueira and at Adega da Cartuxa. You will also have time for a delicious lunch at Alpendre restaurant, where you will savor typically dishes from this region. On the last day of the tour, you will continue with wine and food, but this time you will taste flavors from this region mixed with contemporary techniques at the restaurant from Herdade do Esporão. You will visit this Herdade and learn more about its wine, as well, as its olive oil. At the end of the day discover São Lourenço do Barrocal, a place that has to belong to the same family for over 200 years. We will let you find more about this fantastic place on your visit!

 

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5-Day Tour in Douro with a Sailing Cruise in the Douro River

On this first day, you will only admire the scenic views on the trip to this charming region and rest. On the second day is when the adventure begins and incredible wine experiences will stay on your mind forever.. Start visiting Quinta da Pacheca by learning every aspect of this estate and end with a wine tasting. After, we invite you for a cooking workshop in this estate where you will learn all techniques of Portuguese gastronomy, by developing the dish with the chef and in the end savoring with delicious wine of Pacheca. Furthermore, you will disclose the secrets of Quinta do Vallado with a tour through the winery and wine cellar ending with a tasting of Vallado's wines.

The third day will be dedicated to wine experiences in the Quinta do Crasto and Quinta Nova by visiting, learning and wine tastings. You will also have a break for lunch to enjoy a fabulous meal that is composed of fresh ingredients that come from the vegetable garden of the restaurant. A great way of ending the third day? With an amazing pedestrian circuit that is composed of three different routes and in which you will have the chance to pick up some delicious fresh fruit. For the fourth and last day, you will continuously visit another fabulous estate, Quinta das Carvalhas and will have lunch in a restaurant that is owned by one awarded Michelin star Chef - the incredible Chef Rui Paula. End the day in a private and exclusive Douro river cruise that will be closed to the restaurant, in which you will enjoy and savor the nature of this region. On the last day explore and discover the city of Lamego, a city that offers culture, architecture, heritage, and a unique historical center.

 

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8-Day Tour in Alentejo a Wine, Food and Cultural Tour 

On the first day of this tour, you will only enjoy the scenic views while traveling to Alentejo and just rest. On the second day, your incredible tour will start in the best way possible. First, you will have a wine and food experience. The wine experience will be at the Adega da Cartuxa where you will learn a lot about this fantastic winery and enjoy in the end its wines. After, you will relax and enjoy a meal at Degust'AR Restaurant. After being satisfied you will learn a bit about the culture of this region, particularly aboy the city of Évora - a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Évora well-preserved historic center is one of the richest monuments in Portugal, worth the epithet of City-Museum. The Roman Temple of Évora, one of the most important Roman monuments in Portugal. It is located at the highest point of the city and was part of the Roman forum. It is thought to have been created around the 1st century to honor Emperor Augustus but later came to be known as the Temple of Diana. The Cathedral built between the 13th and 14th centuries in Gothic style, it is one of the most important medieval cathedrals in the country, with a plan inspired by the Romanesque Lisbon Cathedral. In the 14th century a cloister was built and the statues of the apostles of the main portal, the masterpiece of Portuguese medieval sculpture, were carved. In the 18th century, the chancel was rebuilt in an exuberant Baroque style. The Church of San Francisco was reconstructed from the reign of D. João II and finished in the time of D. Manuel. Its architecture and decoration mix the Gothic, Mudejar and Manueline styles. Chapel of the Bones located in the Church of San Francisco was built in the eighteenth century and is entirely lined with human bones. It is known by the famous phrase written at the entrance "We bones that here are, for yours await".

The following days will consist of wine and food experiences, through various estates and restaurants of the region. But besides these fantastic food and wine experiences, you will also have the pleasure to explore the city of Beja. This fantastic city has been occupied since the beginning of modern history. However, it was the Roman empire that most contributed to its early development. It was here, in 1 bc that Emperor Julius Cesar signed a peace treaty with the Lusitanian tribes who had previously ruled these lands. Moreover, you will also have the chance to enjoy a ride in a horse Lusitano while strolling through the estate of Torre de Palma.

 

Why book now your 2021 tour? Because by booking all your tours with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus all the COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidlines. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your time in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

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Soraia Costa

Written by: Soraia Costa

Soraia has a Bachelor Degree in Communication and she is natural from Azores (the Portuguese islands) which she knows from end to end, as well, as mainland Portugal. She loves to travel and know all about the culture and food of each country. She also loves to cook new recipes, some of the most renowned chefs in the world. In her articles, she shares the knowledge of her travels about heritage, culture, wine, gastronomy, and must-see places.

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