Discover Portugal's Protected Wine Territory
A rich journey as welcoming that allows us to live what more familiar these regions have to offer. This program is designed for people who have an interest in knowing the farms that produce wines and all the secular secrets and ancient knowledge of wine production. We have made a selection of the best places to discover the traditions and taste the best wines of Portugal
This Private Deluxe Tour will allow you to taste some of the best nectars of Portugal, visiting the wine roads of green wine, Douro, Alentejo and Colares, among several others. We will explore the farms and wineries, learn to transform grapes into wine and mingle with producers and local workers.
**Highlights Visit Lisbon, Sintra and Colares Wine Route Alentejo and Península of Setúbal Wine Route Oeste Wine Route Dão and Bairrada Wine Route Green Wine Route Douro Valley Wine Route Oporto and its wines **
Day 1 Arrival Lisbon airport meet and greet and private transfer to your Lisbon Hotel. Balance fo day to relax or start exploring this gracious city. You will visit:
BAIXA (DOWNTOWN), Sites: Park Edward VII, Avenida da Liberdade, Squares of Rossio and Restauradores, St. Dominic’s Church (18th century), Ginjinha, Baixa Pombalina (Pombaline Downtown), Praça do Comércio.
CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE: One of Lisbon’s most distinctive monuments, being situated on the city’s highest hill.
The castle itself was founded in the 10th and 11th centuries, when Lisbon was an important Moorish port. It is generally agreed to afford the best view over the city and the River Tagus.
QUARTER BELEM: Belém Tower (16th century), Monument of Discoveries (20th century), Traditional Milk Custard Tarts of Belém “Pastéis de Belém” (19th century)
MONASTERY OF JERÓNIMOS: Built in the 16th century, an impressive example of Manueline architecture. The sheer magnificence of the building reflects the universal vision of its founder and the scale of the wealth available to the Crown. This was the starting point of the Portuguese discoveries.
BAIRRO ALTO: Is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the city’s vibrant nightlife quarter. Overnight Lisbon
Day 2 SINTRA – PROTECTED WINE REGION – COLARES. Depart for Sintra: A beautiful town at the foot of the Sintra Mountain Range, UNESCO due to it’s “cultural landscape”. In the morning visit the historic center of Sintra, visiting its narrow traditional streets full of flowers and local craft shops, viewpoints, and the famous Piriquita to taste traditional pastries and “Ginjinha” (liqueur cherry).
Do not miss a cultural tour by visiting the NATIONAL PALACE OF SINTRA, unique example of medieval palaces in Portugal. From the earliest dynasties, Sintra was a favorite spot for the Portuguese kings. Its interior tell not one, but several stories of Portugal. The decor has great value, combining furniture, paintings and tiles. Outside we see the two large conical kitchen chimneys with 108 feet high, a symbol of Sintra.
End the day with a visit to the PENA PALACE, it is considered the 9th most beautiful palace in the world! This is a real enchanted palace. One of the finest examples of the romantic revival of the nineteenth century in Portugal.
VISIT THE REGIONAL WINERY IN COLARES – WINE TASTING. WINERY SANTA MARIA: Located at the foot of the Sintra hills and very close to the sea, COLARES village is extremely pleasant and long sought as a place of summer. Colares is also a demarcated wine region, which produces the much appreciated and nowadays increasingly rare Colares wine, which can be tasted in the local “adega”, housed in the town center. Overnight Lisbon
Day 3 PROTECTED WINE REGION – CAPITAL ALENTEJO ÉVORA E OS SABORES DO VINHO. Guided walking tour through the city of Évora’s historic centre (UNESCO). Medieval streets, Royal Palace (exterior only visit, City Garden, St. Francis Church and Chapel of Bones, Geraldo Square, Gothic cathedral of the XIII century, Roman temple from the first century AD, Real Jesuit University.
Visit a CORK FACTORY, discover the process of production raw cork into products sold all over Portugal. Portugal is the world’s leading manufacturer of cork.
VISIT CARTUXA WINERY WINE TASTING : Located in the old refectory of the former retreat of the Jesuit Brothers the 16th and 17th centuries. Nowadays, the winery undergoing several improvements over the years, preserving its rich architectural and historic integrity. Pera Manca is its most famous and awarded wine.
Day 4 PROTECTED WINE REGION – SETÚBAL / MOSCATEL HALF DAY TOUR – WINERY JOSÉ MARIA DA FONSECA or WINERY ADEGA BACALHOA
Alentejo is the top red wine region of Portugal, famous for its dry, strong and intense wines.
Free morning to relax. Trip to the harbor fishing town – Setubal.
Choose one of the following wineries to Visit
WINERY JOSE MARIA DA FONSECA: Built in the 19th century, was restored in 1923. Explore its three ancient cellars, producing the famous Periquita wine ages, and finally the Teares Velhos cellar, where the oldest Muscatel of Setubal is ageing. History dating back over 100 years.
BACALHÔA VINHOS DE PORTUGAL, S.A. One of the largest innovative wine-making companies in Portugal. Has developed a solid reputation with national and international wine lovers. Present in 7 Portuguese wine regions, with a total of 1200 ha of vines from 40 different castes and 3 wine-producing centers. Overnight Lisbon
Day 5 PROTECTED WINE REGION – LISBOA, ÓBIDOS ÓBIDOS, ALCOBAÇA, BATALHA, FÁTIMA. A visit to the western region of Portugal, land of “Vineyards and Sea”. Come and discover the diverse landscapes and heritage of the western region. The Winery of SANGUINHAL is an old property, dating back to 1871.Winery visit includes: Visit the 19th century gardens as well the vineyards of Quinta do Sanguinhal. Visit an old distillery that was in use until 1970. There were produced brandies and grappa. Visit a pressing-room with stone and wood manual winepresses dated 1871. Visit an ageing cellar of liquor wines and brandies with 36 barrels and taste 7 wines
ÓBIDOS – Visit to the delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle Inside the walls, one can sense a cheerful medieval ambience of winding streets, old whitewashed houses bordered with blue or yellow, and masses of colourful flowers and plants.
MONASTERY OF ALCOBAÇA: Founded by the Order of Cistercians in 1153, the building began in 1178. A magnificent gothic tombs of the two lovers King Pedro and Ines de Castro.
MONASTERY OF BATALHA: Built in 1386, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic, is a magnificent piece of architecture that combines various influences from its lengthy period of construction, which lasted several reigns.
FÁTIMA: The apparitions of Fatima have developed the local town into one of the largest centers of Marian cult. Visit the shrine of our Lady of Fatima evokes the apparitions of our Lady to three Shepherd. Overnight Fatima
Day 6 TOUR COIMBRA PROTECTED WINE REGION – BAIRRADA. COIMBRA:Capital of Beira Litoral, of Roman origin Aeminium. m. One of the most beautiful cities of Portugal. Situated on the bank River Mondego,, has plenty of charm in its academic streets, narrow, with small courtyards, arches and floral eaves, cafes, galleries and bookstores.
Take a guided walking tour in its historic center, starts at the University of Coimbra (1290), to the Old Cathedral (1162), New Cathedral (1598), Academic Neighborhood, Almedina, Igreja de São Tiago, Igreja de Santa Cruz (1131). Free time for shopping and regional sweets.
WINERY ALIANÇA UNDERGROUND MUSEUM: The winery was founded in 1927 in the demarcated region of Bairrada. The company began exporting immediately to Brazil, Africa and Europe, and today, more than 50 percent of the Alliance’s production is for export.
Alliance wines have received several national and international awards and the company was considered in 2005 by Wine Spectator of the 20 best companies in the sector worldwide.
BAIRRADA WINES: Situated in the coastal strip between the ocean and the Serra do Buçaco, the Bairrada region is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, with abundant rainfall and mild temperatures. This cool and moist climate produces grapes with high acidity and low alcohol content, ideal for making sparkling wines. It was in this region, in 1890, that this type of wine was produced for the first time in Portugal. Overnight Porto
Day 7 PORTO: THE HOME OF PORT WINE
Visit the capital and gateway to the north of Portugal, Porto is both the city that provided a nation with a name and a fortified wine known world-wide: Port Wine. Rich in architectural heritage on the mouth of the River Douro the historic center of Porto was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.
In this Porto Day tour we will visit the most important sites of this old city. You will take a guided tour the Port Wine Old Cellars with a special tasting of these wines. Admire the typical granite houses and monuments, with all the rhythms of city life, its movement and intense retailing, the main square of Av. Aliados, the highest tower in the city of Clérigos, the church of São Francisco all furnished with gold leaf, the world famous bookstore Livraria Lello & Irmão, the ultra -modern Casa da Música building, the Atlantic fortress of Castelo do Queijo, the old Cathedral, the Palácio da Bolsa (Chamber of Commerce), Ribeira (Riverside), and make a river cruise under the city’s six bridges, from where you can enjoy an entirely different view of the city.
Take a guided tour the Port Wine Old Cellars with a special tasting of these wines. Overnight Porto
Day 8 PROTECTED WINE REGION – VINHO VERDE PROTECTED WINE REGION – DOURO
In the far north of Portugal, the ROUTE OF GREEN WINE leads us to a luxury green countryside. The Green wine is unique in the world. The name is linked to the predominant color of the region where it is produced or to the its acidity, as if the grapes were harvested too early “green”. The Green White wine, known, for it’s aromatic and refreshing drink as an aperitif. The vineyards, which are concentrated mainly along rivers, suffer the influence of the Atlantic are sun seekers, the vines entwine the trees, climb the rocks and involve the typical granaries.
Continue towards the DOURO VALLEY going through small mountain villages, breathtaking landscapes. Here man gave birth to Port Wine. Port wine is the oldest ambassador to Portugal. Produced in several terraces, it is one of the oldest demarcated regions of the world, since in 1756 was created Upper Douro Vineyards.
La Vallé du Douro – la plus ancienne région délimitée du monde
Here we visit the winery QUINTA DA AVELEDA, known for its fresh and green aromatic wines. Since 1870, Aveleda has been managed by the Guedes family for years.
We continue to the charming village of AMARANTE, with two imposing natural features: the great Serra do Marão rising above the city in a series of majestic landscapes and the Tamega River, the longest tributary of the River Douro, beginning in Galicia and flowing through the heart of Amarante.
Choose one of the following wineries
WINERY PACHECA: Quinta da Pacheca, one of the most famous properties in Douro,the first to bottle wine under its own brand. On April 17, 1738 the winery already belonged to D. Mariana Pacheco Pereira. and after 100 years it still belongs to the same family. On the Lower Douro region, with a 51 hectares of vineyards and a single winery. The main wines are: Pacheca, Grande Reserva Touriga Nacional and Vinha da Rita.
QUINTA DO VALLADO: Established 1716, one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley. Lies on both banks of the Corgo river, close to the town of Peso da Régua. Overnight Douro Valley
Day 9 PROTECTED WINE REGION “DÃO” VISEU
Finally as beautiful and important, we have the WINE REGION “DÃO” the birthplace of Touriga Nacional the most elegant wines: quality, personality, difference, elegance, freshness and softness. Discover its wines is like diving into a new world of aromas and flavors that captivate and seduce, and soon become unique and unforgettable.
WINERY HOUSE SANTAR: The Agricultural Society of Santar, with their wines “Casa de Santar”. Estate of the 17th and 18th, belonging to the Countess of Santar and her family, surrounded by beautiful gardens The cellars are perfectly framed in the architectural complex of the cellar. Here high-quality wines are produced from 400 years.
On the porch of the tasting room, taste wines from different eras. From the high quality grape varieties, result white wines and red wines of Casa de Santar, as well as the Late Harvest wines. In 2007 the Agricultural Society of Santar SA, with its wines Casa de Santar, was recognized with the Producer of the Year prize awarded by Wine Magazine.
Return to Lisbon. Overnight Lisbon
Day 10 Hotel check-out. Transfer to airport with our assistance at airport with boarding formalities.