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In the morning, meet your guide for a pickup at your Porto hotel and then begin your small-group wine tour of the renowned Minho province. As you drive in your air-conditioned minivan, learn about the region that cultivates Vinho Verde or green wine. Hear about the 30,000 plus producers whose heritage is creating this specialty wine.

Take a break on your drive north and see a hidden area where stunning vine-laden hillsides receive fresh gusts of wind from the Atlantic. Continue another hour or so to Celorico de Basto, old town which boasts a beautiful vantage point of forested mountains. Here, savor your first tasting of crisp green wine which was is named for its early creation, not color. Learn how the local topography and climate help form Vinho Verde’s light complexion and unique flavor.

Afterward, take a break for lunch at a traditional Portuguese diner. Enjoy the flavors of a rich and nourishing stew and delicious cod. While savoring your meal, gaze out at the breathtaking views of Amarante and its green farmland.

Next, head to the nearby city of Amarante, which is thought to have been established in the 4th century BC. Here, wander through its charming city center and see the Church St Goncalo, which honors an influential Portuguese priest. By now you’re thirsty again, so stroll nearby to a farm’s renovated manor house and enjoy another wine tasting. Inside, notice the homemade sausages dangling from the rustic rafters as you swirl your next pour of wine.

Following your last gulp, hop back in your minivan and return to your Porto hotel where your tour ends in the evening.
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Discover the fresh flavors of Portugal’s ‘green’ wine during this small-group wine tour through the province of Minho from Porto. Vinho Verde, aka ‘green’ or ‘young’ wine, is a specialty of northern Portugal and on this tour you will steep in its history and admire the lush landscapes of the Green Wine Route. Visit traditional wineries, learn about the production of their wine, taste superb wines, and relish traditional cuisine. Enjoy extra attention from your guide on this small-group tour with wine lovers limited to eight people.
  • Full-day wine tour from Porto, led by a knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore the beautiful vinho verde wine region of northern Portugal
  • Visit two wineries to taste Portugal’s famous green wine, and enjoy samples of local sausage
  • Tour the ancient cities of Celorico de Basto and Amarante
  • Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch of local specialties
  • Learn about local history, culture, architecture and winemaking traditions
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
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Reviewed 26 June 2018
A day to taste and savour

This is my 5th "Cool Tour" and I keep coming back for. Our tour guide Pedro was a light-hearted, fun, passionate person who provided out group with the perfect balance of sense of humour and relative facts. Great visits to smaller high-end wineries in the...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile
Awesome Portuguese Nature

We took the Vinho Verde + Douro tour and it was a very personal trip! Our day was filled with tasty wines, beautiful landscapes and panoramas, we enjoyed the greenery, and had great conversations with the guide-philosopher Luis. We learned so much about the country...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018
Great trip!

Whilst we are not exactly wine officionados, we're generally quite interested in wine and the wine making process. We'd only heard a little about Vinho Verde and drunk one glass, but our interest was piqued. The tour includes visits to 2 very different vineyards and...More

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CooltourOporto, Gerente de relações com clientes at Cooltour Oporto, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi, Thank you very much for taking time to review us and our guide Marco, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide you wonderful experiences in the Vinho Verde region. Our job is to give you the best possible day and we...More

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Great day in beautifully surroundings

Myself and 3 friends had been looking at booking one of the tours for a while but did not book until we got to Porto. We had hoped for a nice day but we're unsure what to expect having left it so late. We had...More

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CooltourOporto, Gerente de relações com clientes at Cooltour Oporto, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Maurissa, Thank you so much for your review! What a joy to know that your day with Cooltour was special, we are delighted to know that you find this tour a must! All our best wishes to you! Bárbara Silva Communication Department

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Vinho Valley is gorgeous!

The area is beautiful and the wine was wonderful. We would have loved to order the wines we tasted to send home, but our guide and the owner of the company seemed to have no knowledge of how to do that, which was disappointing. If...More

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CooltourOporto, Gerente de relações com clientes at Cooltour Oporto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Dear Pamela, We would like to thank you for your feedback regarding our Vinho Verde tour and our guide Pedro. We work hard so that the expectations of those who choose to travel with us can be completely satisfied! Regarding what your comment about the...More

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