porto private wine tours &
douro valley wine tasting
offering exclusive private wine tours in porto & douro valley
Experience Portugal’s finest wines, landscapes, and cultures with wine tours and private wine tour of our famous Mediterranean vineyards and vintages in Porto and further afield in the Douro Valley.
The Road Butler is one of Porto’s renowned local experts, providing wine tasting tours to exclusive vineyards you might never know about.
Northern Portugal is a renowned area in Europe for exceptional quality wines and is the oldest wine region on the planet, with the River Douro carving out ancient valleys around which rich, fertile soil and mountain ridges have formed, which is why local knowledge from a Douro expert will give you the best from your day.
Your tailored wine-tasting tour can include trips to visit the sun-bathed terraces, luxury stays in some of the exclusive hotels in the region, or overnight accommodation in rustic farmhouses and family estates, where specialist winemakers will share their secrets, customs, and local cuisine. Simply let Rui know and he can be with you for an amazing day wine tasting on your private wine tour.
must-see stops on your wine tasting day in the douro valley
Rui, The Road Butler has years of experience organising bespoke wine-tasting trips and can adapt your visit to your requirements, including boat trips, lunch, guided tours, winemaking excursions, and expeditions to historic and modernised wine cellars stocked with hundreds of varieties of outstanding wines.
Whether a wine connoisseur or novice, you will enjoy the chance to sample exciting grape varieties, encountering first-hand the work of the best wine producers in the Northern Portugal wine region.
guided wine tours in porto
If your trip is only for half a day, a guided wine tour in Porto is best, as a full day would be needed to travel to and from the Douro Valley. The Road Butler is expert local guide Rui, he can customise your itinerary, dining, even accommodation, with countless options to explore the region.
Between wine-tasting adventures, we can recommend World Heritage Sites scattered throughout the mountain valleys, with transport available by helicopter, cruise ship, train, or private car, as a fascinating way to admire the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains.
Porto wine area is characterised by bridges and dams bisecting lush olive groves and vineyards, blessed with a wonderfully warm climate. Guests can take a trip down the river where the old rabelo vessels are still in use, once used to transport wine to the river mouth.
exploring portuguese culture, history and wine making
The Road Butler is always delighted to hear from guests across the world, whose overwhelming feedback is at the warm, friendly welcome they receive from farm workers, winemakers and local hosts who invite international visitors with open arms.
Our 2023 and 2024 private wine tours are available to travellers from Canada, the USA, Australia, the UK and beyond, with options to organise transport and accommodation for private couples, families, or larger groups.
the ultimate private wine tours in porto
The Road Butler is passionate about providing unparalleled experiences on his private wine tours in Porto and the Douro Valley. Each tailor-made itinerary is a hand-picked compilation of Porto’s best wineries, eateries, and breathtaking landscapes, offering you an extraordinary day trip.
Every tour is meticulously created and led by wine enthusiast Rui. Not only is he passionate about Portugal wines, but he is also deeply knowledgeable about the region and its winemaking traditions. They provide expert commentary and personal insights that add depth to your understanding of the wines you’ll taste and the landscapes you’ll explore.
Our tours take you on a captivating journey through Porto or the Douro Valley diverse wine landscape. From the robust flavors of Port wines to the refreshing and aromatic Vinho Verde, you can experience a variety of wine styles that suit you and that reflect the region’s exceptional viticulture. Each tasting is an exciting exploration and a unique learning experience that will enrich your understanding and appreciation of wine.
From the famous blue and white steps of Lamego, leading up to the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios to the Vale do Coa Archaeological Park, the Douro Valley is an incredible glimpse into Mediterranean life. Coupled with exquisite wines, hotels, hospitality, and cuisine, it is a trip never to be forgotten.
Please get in touch with The Road Butler at your convenience if you would like professional recommendations about the best times of the year to visit North Portugal or to discuss your dream private wine tour.
Rui is your travel consultant, and will deal with every detail, leaving you to sit back, sip, and relax.
unique porto tours designed to suit you
But wine isn’t the only highlight of our tours. We firmly believe that the region’s authentic cuisine plays a critical role in the overall experience. Many of the tours offer the opportunity to take river cruises and savor local Portuguese delicacies in outstanding restaurants, creating a perfect harmony of fine wines and gourmet dishes.
What sets The Road Butler apart is his ability to 100% customize private wine tours in Porto. Rui will work closely with you to create an itinerary that fits your interests, whether it’s visiting a specific winery, focusing on a certain style of wine, or combining your tour with other fascinating attractions in Porto.
Above all, we’re committed to providing a flawless wine touring experience. Our dedication to service excellence, coupled with our profound knowledge of and passion for Porto’s wine culture, ensures a seamless and delightful journey. From planning to execution, we promise an enriching, unforgettable venture into the heart of Porto’s wine country.
frequently asked questions
There are several options for staying in the Douro Valley, ranging from luxury hotels to more budget-friendly options like guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. Many of the accommodations in the region are located in charming villages or on picturesque estates, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and surroundings.
In addition to wine tastings, there are many other activities to enjoy in the Douro Valley. Some popular options include hiking through the stunning landscapes, visiting local villages and markets, and enjoying the region’s culinary delights. There are also several cultural landmarks and historical sites to explore, such as the Douro Museum and the Quinta do Vallado, a historic winery and estate.
It is certainly possible to visit the Douro Valley on your own, as the region is well-connected by public transportation and there are many wineries that are open to visitors. However, going on a guided tour can be a convenient and enjoyable way to experience the region, as it allows you to sit back and relax while a knowledgeable guide leads you through the sights and sounds of the Douro Valley.
The Douro Valley is located in the northern part of Portugal, and is easily accessible from both Lisbon and Porto. You can reach the region by car, bus, or train from either city. If you are taking a guided tour, transportation to and from the region is often included in the price of the tour.
Douro Valley wine tours can vary in length, with some lasting just a few hours or whole day. It is important to carefully consider the length of the tour that best suits your needs and interests.
A typical Douro Valley wine tour will typically include tastings at several wineries, as well as visits to local villages and landmarks. Some tours may also include a boat trip along the Douro River, allowing you to take in the breathtaking views of the valley from a different perspective. Some tours may also include meals or snacks, as well as transportation to and from the wineries.
The best time to visit the Douro Valley will depend on your personal preferences and the activities that you are interested in. The weather in the region is generally warm and dry in the summer months, making it a good time for outdoor activities like hiking and wine tastings. However, the autumn can also be a beautiful time to visit, with cooler temperatures and the opportunity to see the grape harvest in action.
The Douro Valley is a region in northern Portugal that is known for its production of wine. It is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, and its wines are known for their high quality and distinct flavors. The region is also known for its stunning landscapes, with terraced vineyards and picturesque villages nestled in the valley.
The Douro Valley is known for producing red, white, and rosé wines, as well as port wine. Red wines from the region are often made from grapes like Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca, while white wines are typically made from grapes like Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, and Viosinho. Port wine, a fortified wine, is made from grapes like Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Cão.