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10 Days Treasures of the Iberian Northwest Food and Wine Tour in Portugal and Galicia, Spain

Santiago de Compostela - Baiona, Spain; Pinhao - Porto - Lisbon, Portugal

Culinary and Wine Tour in Spain and Portugal

This trip offers a wonderful overview of the best of Galicia and northern Portugal, including two wine regions of Galicia, the Vinho Verde region on the way to the wonderful Douro, the vibrant city of Porto, the bold wines of the Bairrada, finishing in the cosmopolitan capital of Lisbon. Magnificent scenery, great contrasts between wine styles and nationalities, Celtic Spain and five wine regions in nine days, this is always one of Iberian Wine Tours' favorite trips. Above all though, the joy is in the small villages where grapes, unrecognizable to outsiders, produce wines of huge character, quality, and individuality. If you want to discover the glories of godello, vinhao, merencao, albarino and the port grapes, join the tour!

Meet the instructors

Jeremy & Jackie
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Highlights

  • Visits to top-class wineries
  • Michelin 2* dinner The Yeatman in Porto
  • Wine visits in Rias Baixas, Vinho Verde, Douro and Bairrada
  • Walking tours of historic cities of Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon
  • Family-cooked lunch in Rias Baixas and dinner at top restaurant DOC
  • Michelin star dinner in Cascais
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Boat ride on River Sil

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7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Spend 9 nights in the following accommodation:

  • 2 nights at the Hotel San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 night at the Parador, Baiona
  • 2 nights at Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao
  • 2 nights at The Pestana, Porto
  • 2 nights at the CR7, Lisbon

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Santiago de Compostela

Meet in the foyer of the Hotel San Francisco, a converted 18th-century convent in Santiago de Compostela for a guided walk through the historic town, including a visit to the cathedral that marks the end of the legendary Camino. Early evening tapas dinner at Petiscos do Cardeal in the old town.

Day 2: Adega Algueira - river cruise

Visit and lunch at Adega Algueira, a high-class winery near the Sil canyons, where Fernando Gonzalez makes a range of excellent wines (from local varieties) that are highly rated by Parker. Lunch and then a river cruise down the Sil in the afternoon. Short walk to one of the chapels overlooking the river. Return to Santiago for a free evening.

Day 3: Rias Baixas - Albamar

Head south to the seaside wine region of the Rias Baixas for tasting at the beautiful Pazo de Señorans. Short drive to visit and lunch at Albamar. Xurxo Alba’s wines are a great small producer expression of the albariño grape. There is a typical Galician o furancho style seafood lunch cooked by the family. Check in to the Parador in Baiona. Dinner at the hotel overlooking the bay.

Day 4: Columbus’s Pintia fortress - Vinho Verde - Douro

Morning tour of the fortress and the site of the return landing of Columbus’s Pintia. Visit the best wine producer in the Vinho Verde region, the charismatic Vasco Croft in his Aphros winery. After lunch, head south to the dramatic scenery of the Douro. Check in to the lovely Vintage House, overlooking the river at Pinhao. Tasting menu dinner at DOC, the best restaurant in the region.

Day 5: Grahams’s Quinta do Bomfim - Quinta do Noval

Morning visit at Grahams’s Quinta do Bomfim before visit and lunch at Quinta do Noval, one of the port’s greatest names and estates. Evening free.

Day 6: Quinta de Napoles - Quinta do Vallado - back to Porto

Visit to Quinta de Napoles, home to the famed family producer Niepoort. Walk through the vineyards before a buffet lunch on the terrace. Afternoon visit to another of the ‘Douro Boys’ at Quinta do Vallado, before the lovely train ride back to Porto from Regua. Free evening.

Day 7: Porto guided walk - Colheita tasting - dinner at Yeatman’s 2-star Michelin

Morning guided walk around Porto followed by a Colheita tasting at Kopke, the oldest port wine house. Lunch is Portuguese tapas at the Wine Box before an afternoon visit and tasting in the director’s room at the beautifully located Graham’s port lodge. Dinner in the Yeatman’s 2-star Michelin restaurant, one of Portugal’s very best.

Day 8: Bussaco Palace - Lisbon

Head south to the fairytale Bussaco Palace for a tasting of their rare wines and lunch. On to Lisbon and your hotel in the heart of town, the stylish CR7. Light evening tapas meal near the hotel.

Day 9: Lisbon walking tour - dinner at Michelin star Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais

Walking tour through the heart of Lisbon to take in some of the stunning vistas from the Alfama district and other central landmarks. Free afternoon. Last night dinner at the wonderful Michelin star Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais.

Day 10: Departure

After breakfast, end of tour.

Included excursions

  • Wine visits in Rias Baixas, Vinho Verde, Douro and Bairrada
  • Boat ride on River Sil
  • Walking tours of historic cities of Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon

Instructors

Jeremy Shaw

Jackie Thurn-Valsassina

Location

Galicia

Galicia confounds those who think of Spain as flamenco and fighting bulls as much as the Douro and Minho surprise Algarve lovers. Misty valleys echo to soulful Celtic pipes and coasts as dramatic as the west of Ireland have sent hosts of emigrant Gallegos to the Americas. Fishing and wine predominate. Seafood in the rias (fjords) is Europe’s best and the stunning wine terraces of Ribeira Sacra show winemaking at its most dramatic.

Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal is a throwback to days gone by, a world away from Algarve glitz and glamour in the south. Porto is a gem of a city, the clusters of atmospheric streets either side of the Douro retaining their long-lived maritime soul whilst opening the door to the 21st century through fabulous restaurants and luxury hotels. The rural wine regions of the Bairrada, Dao and Vinho Verde offer food and wine experiences more closely tied to their origins than most places on the planet.

Douro

The Douro is one of the greatest wine tourism destinations, the astonishing terraces overlooking the river now producing great red wines and ports.

Lisbon

Lisbon is one of Europe’s great cities, a place on the rise and the base for Portuguese exploration from Vasco de Gama onwards, as well as being scenic and dramatic.

Wineries

  • Quinta do Vallado
  • Niepoort
  • Quinta do Noval
  • Aphros
  • Quinta do Bomfim
  • Algueira
  • Pazo de Senorans
  • Grahams

Food

Iberian Wine Tours always provide a selection of top-class restaurants on the trips, ranging from small and traditional to international standard award-winning venues. On this wine tour to Portugal and Galicia, you will dine at incredible locations including:

  • Michelin 2* dinner The Yeatman in Porto
  • Family-cooked lunch in Rias Baixas
  • Dinner at top restaurant DOC
  • Michelin star dinner in Cascais
  • Tapas dinner at Petiscos do Cardeal
  • Lunches at Quinta do Noval, Bussaco Palace, Quinta do Napoles, Adega Algueira, Portuguese tapas at the Wine Box, and Bodega Albamar

Everywhere in Spain, lunch is a long, slow ritual. There's always wine on the table and nothing is ever rushed. The local ways and dishes are revered are always unequivocally the best, wherever you go. Once you understand that you can't fight it, you just relax and always assume there's another dish to come. Nobody ever forgets the lunches on Iberian Wine Tours' trips.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Michelin 2* dinner The Yeatman in Porto
  • Wine visits in Rias Baixas, Vinho Verde, Douro and Bairrada
  • Boat ride on River Sil
  • Walking tours of historic cities of Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon
  • Family-cooked lunch in Rias Baixas
  • Dinner at top restaurant DOC
  • Michelin star dinner in Cascais
  • 2 nights at the Hotel San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela
  • 1 night at the Parador, Baiona
  • 2 nights at Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao
  • 2 nights at The Pestana, Porto
  • 2 nights at the CR7, Lisbon
  • Private transport by luxury coach
  • English speaking guides
  • Breakfast daily, 14 lunches or dinners
  • Entrances and activities as specified
  • All top winery visits: Quinta do Vallado, Niepoort, Quinta do Noval, Aphros, Quinta do Bomfim, Algueira, Pazo de Senorans, and Grahams

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ). Please contact Iberian Wine Tours for further details.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Arrival: Sunday October 11, 2020
Departure: Tuesday October 20, 2020

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