Sample superb wines filled with great character, including some particularly robust reds. Our visits will prove without a doubt that Portugal deserves to be considered just as important and fascinating as the sumptuous Spanish region it borders...
In western Spain, nestled between the plateau and the Mediterranean Sea, we find Galicia. Here, the wild coastline is strewn with cliffs, beaches, and ports that deliver the best seafood in Spain. Inland is a verdant dream — deep valleys and majestic hills play host to stone-built villages, tranquil monasteries, and (last but certainly not least) vineyards.
Galicia is best known for Albariño, one of Spain’s most distinctive white grapes. The best Albariño-dominated wines are aromatic, with delicious peach, apricot, and almond notes.
Across the border in Portugal, the Douro Valley is a historic spot, with many vineyards still unchanged after almost 2,000 years. Despite its age, it’s considered something of a new frontier for wine, its oenologists making the most of the 250 different native grape varieties found across the vine-laced landscape.
When you think of Portuguese wine you probably think of fortified wine first. Well, when it comes to Port, there’s no better region than the Douro Valley. Throughout our tour we stay in some lovely hotels — including a 5* 18th Manor house set in an exquisitely restored estate — and enjoy the tempting food of the region.
Fortified or un-fortified, red or white — our tour has it covered as we discover a different side to Spain and Portugal.
- Experience the best of both worlds on a border-hopping trip between Spain’s Galicia region and Portugal’s scenic Douro Valley
- Sample a variety of world-famous and under-the-radar wines, from the famous fortified Port to the black-fruit flavours of the indigenous Touriga Nacional
- See how wine and history rub shoulders in Spain and Portugal, visiting wineries housed in 12th century monasteries, and those whose wine-making endeavours only began in this century
The primary Portuguese grape — and the Douro Valley’s favourite son — is Touriga Nacional. Used in port and dry reds, it is recognisable by its structured flavours ranging from blackcurrant to violet. We also explore incredible revived Spanish grape varieties, including Godello and Loureira.