A guided tour around Northern Portugal’s vinho verde wine region takes you far beyond the pleasure of tasting unique, elegant and fragrant young wines. This short break combines unique Portuguese wines with regional delicacies, outstanding architecture, centuries of history and stunning scenery.
Spend time talking to passionate and innovative wine producers as you visit their vineyards, estates and wine cellars and discover the nuances between different varieties of vinho verde.
Absorb the rich history and culture of the Minho region through its picturesque historical towns and cities within a gloriously green landscape blessed with unspoilt beaches, mountains, valleys and rivers.
A series of mouth watering meals will help you understand why the Portuguese are fiercely proud of their gastronomy.
Suggested 5-day itinerary
Day 1 – Barcelos, Viana do Castelo and Monção
Your private driver will collect you from Porto (airport or your hotel) and drive you to the pretty town of Barcelos. The famous legend of the cockerel originates here, which explains the giant cockerels you’ll see around the historical centre.
Just outside Barcelos lies Quinta de Tamariz where the owner will personally show you around the wine estate. Learn how they cultivate grape varieties such as Loureiro, Arinto and Alvarinho, all used to make white vinho verde wines, as well as Vinhão, Borraçal and Touriga Nacional for red wines.
It’s a short hop from the vineyards to the coast for lunch at Segredos do Mar seafood restaurant in the picturesque village of Castelo e Neiva just outside Viana do Castelo. Choose from the freshest catch of the day.
After lunch, you’ll head north to the coastal city of Viana do Castelo to explore its medieval streets and visit the magnificent Santa Luzia basilica for breathtaking views.
End the day in a small historical quinta with boutique accommodation where you can tour the winery and then unwind by the pool.
Enjoy delicious regional cuisine paired with white wine made from the locally grown Loureiro grape variety.
Day 2 – Melgaço and Ponte de Lima
After a tasty breakfast, start the day with a tour of Melgaço, another beautiful border town overlooking the River Minho.
The day’s wine tours and tastings begin at MQ Vinhos’ 17th century wine cellar where Miguel Queimado, the owner of this boutique winery, will be there to greet you in person. Together with 3 other young winemakers, he is part of the Vinho Verde Young Project which introduces new trends in wine-making to produce top quality wines.
Your next stop is not far away at Quinta do Soalheiro, one of the first Portuguese wine-producers to use the Alvarinho grape variety. The climate and geography are perfect for it and Soalheiro has placed Alvarinho and Melgaço firmly on the vinho verde map.
At nearby Quinta da Folga, not only will you find outstanding wines of Quinta do Soalheiro but also their pedigree Bisaro pigs, which produce top quality cured pork. Naturally, you will have the opportunity to taste their produce with a fabulous tasting lunch which combines fresh organic fruit and vegetables from their gardens with traditional smoked meats and, of course, excellent Alvarinho wines from Soalheiro.
After lunch, discover the delights of Ponte de Lima on a guided tour of the historical highlights.
Spend the night surrounded by nature in peaceful surroundings and stylish accommodation surrounded by vineyards.
For a fine dining experience this evening, we can arrange a pairing menu at one of our favorite restaurants.
Day 3 – Guimarães and Celórico de Basto
Start the day with a morning tour of the UNESCO sites in Guimarães before heading to Celórico de Basto to visit another selection of special wine estates
Prepare for your afternoon of wine tasting by tucking into beautifully prepared traditional Portuguese dishes at Casa do Campo where you’ll be welcomed by the owner, Gabriela Meireles Leite. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 17th century manor house with its period furnishings and decor as well as the artistic Baroque gardens full of camellias.
Find out how Quinta da Raza’s unique terroir and microclimate result in extraordinary vinho verde wines made from a range of grapes including Azal and Arinto.
Before leaving Celórico de Basto, there’s one more winery to visit, Quinta de Santa Cristina. You’ll be enthusiastically welcomed for a tour of the modern facilities and enjoy wine tasting with spectacular mountain views.
Tonight’s accommodation is a beautiful 4-star Wine Hotel where you can visit the vineyards, the cellars and sample a fresh and crisp vinho verde made from various combinations of grape varieties.
Unwind in this peaceful setting, listening to the birds as they settle for the evening before savouring fine Portuguese cuisine at the onsite restaurant.
Day 4 – Amarante – Porto
After checking out, enjoy the Minho countryside as your driver takes you to another charming riverside town.
Amarante’s focal point is the São Gonçalo bridge and church and your guide will explain the interesting history behind these and Amarante’s other highlights.
Your final winery visit of this vinho verde tour is at Quinta da Covela, an ancient property with views of the majestic Douro River. Here, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the rugged landscape on a tour of the vineyards and winery.
A mouthwatering lunch will be paired with the quinta’s wines, including one produced from another vinho verde grape varietal, Avesso, an Arinto and a rosé made from 100% Touriga Nacional. The wines here reflect the transition between the vinho verde and Douro wine regions bearing a resemblance to more mature table wines.
Relax and enjoy the drive to Porto where you will spend the night in a centrally located 4-star hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to explore the city as you wish, although we can arrange a guided tour if you like.
Day 5 – End of tour
When it’s time for you to leave, we’ll take you to Porto airport.
Price: From €1,325 per person based on 2 people sharing a double room
4 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described above. All accommodation is handpicked to make sure you have a relaxing, comfortable stay.
Private transfers to and from Porto airport and to the places mentioned in the programme
Lunch on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
Transfers and knowledgeable guide(s) on days 1, 2, 3 and 4
Private wine tastings with the owners at the above-mentioned Quintas
What’s not included
Meals, other than breakfasts provided at your accommodation
Drinks, snacks, entrance fees and other personal expenses
Personal travel insurance
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