choose from 3 different excursions starting at €392 for 2 guests, not per person
4-hour and 8-hour private wine tasting tours • family wine estates • food & wine items included • reservations required
meet winemakers, walk vineyards, tour cellars, and taste boutique wines
This full-day excursion is the same as our half-day tour, with the addition of a vineyard in the interior Lisboa wine region, and a stop for lunch along the coast.
In the morning: We head East to Aldeia Galega, deep into the DOC protected Alenquer which is a sub-region of Lisboa. The grapes on the sunny hills of this dry region ripen easily and produce full bodied reds that have a spicy, peppery aroma. The white wines will generally be dry with a creamy mouthfeel.
The historical and excellent vineyards of the area have been known since roman times, but as early as the 16th century it was producing some of the most prestigious DOC red and white wines in Lisboa wine region. Here the vines are protected from the Atlantic winds, creates a more concentrated wine which are capable of aging for some years in bottle. White wines have a fresh and citric character. Today you will find new grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet and Castelão as well as old Portuguese favorites like Aragonez, and Touriga Nacional.
Our first stop is at a 17th century family estate that was revived by an investment in rcent decades which brought new cultivation methods, a modern production facility alongside the old estate and family chapel, and has allowed the family to consolidate the quality and reputation of their wines. Making wine here is a family affair. The founder is a highly respected figure of many prestigious organizations like the International Academy of Gastronomy. In 2008, he received the highest recognition of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (the Medaille d'Or).
The daughter is our host and leads the tasting with passion, which includes 4 of their premium wines accompanied by family-style platters of locally produced cheeses and charcuterie.
Lunch Optional: We head for the Western Sintra coast for lunch before staring our next winery tour. The coast of Portugal is famous for its family restaurants offering a selection of fresh-caught Atlantic fish and seafood, with dramatic views of ocean from their clifftop dining-rooms. Some guests choose to forgo lunch because they are satisfied with the charcuterie, cheeses, breads and olives served. In which case they spend additional time at the sights of natual beauty like Cabo da Roca where rocky cliffs over 100 meters high provide excellent views of jagged-crystalline megaliths jutting from the blue sea below.
We will help you select an authentic family restaurant that works best for your tastes, budget and interest. Because these restaurants are very popular, it is best to reserve in advance, especially during the summer months.
In the afternoon: After lunch we we visit the "Western Most Vineyard of Continental Europe". This is considered one of the most endangered wine growing regions of the world, and also one of the best kept secrets of Europe's old world vines.
Once a major player in Portugal's wine industry, this sub-region of Lisboa has begun to enjoy a minor renaissance in the early 21st century among those who know Iberian wines. The vineyards here are just a fraction of what they were 70 years ago, and cannot compete with the mass-produced fruity and oaky styles preferred by the majority of modern wine consumers.
These grapes near the coast are grown on the only surviving un-grafted, old-world vines in the world. They can produce robust, tannic reds from Ramisco grapes and a local strain of Malvasia that has delicious roundness with flavors of peaches and apricots.
Our tasting takes place at an historic estate built in 1720 where a former Arabian Horse farm was converted in 2006 by the eccentric owner was still making wine recently at the age of 103 years.
There are more than 13 red and white wines in the portfolio of this boutique estate. During the tasting we will do our best to taste at least 8 of the wines, which are all savory, balanced and very fragrant. To accompany the tasting, there will be a hearty selection of locally produced cheeses, cured meats, breads and olives and preserves.
During a tour of the vineyard and cellar you will discover how winemakers are able to grow grapes in the sandy soil, and how this vineyard was saved from the Phylloxera parasite that ravaged the Europe's vineyards in the late 19th century, and has since effected every viticultural region on earth except this tiny part of Portugal.
1 luxury vehicle with heat, A/C and cargo space
Family style, locally produced cheeses, meats and olives
Lunch on the Atlantic coast with fresh fish and seafood.
The winemakers can often ship wines which are purchased at their estates. This can be discussed with each estate, and is subject to restrictions and limits the estate may encounter.
Lunch in the afternoon is not included, and you can pay for lunch directly to the restaurant. They will be able to accept cash or credit cards.
Some guests forgo lunch because of the tapas included.
Tour guide with excellent language abilities.
Round-trip transfer in a luxury vehicle with a dedicated driver at all times.
All planned food & wine items.
Hotel, apartment, or ship dock.
Meetings at hotels or apartments located outside of Lisbon can effect tour price because of fuel and time expenses.
There are no entry fees on this tasting,
7-days a week, year round.
Morning: 9:00am, 9:30am, or 10:00am
No additional start times available.
85% level ground with few upstairs and inclines. 15% in vehicle. No elevators.
Cobblestones and unpaved paths on tour route. Must be able to walk at casual pace for at least 1-hour without resting.
Wear comfortable athletic shoes. Bring windbreakers or umbrellas.
There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.
this tour starts at €645
price is for 2 guests, not per person
8-hour driving and walking private tour
10 wines, 3 vineyards
local cheeses, meats, breads. olives