Food & Wine Tour
Portugal 2025

Crabs in O Jacinto Restaurant Portugal

Perched on the edge of Europe and at the vanguard of maritime exploration, Portugal’s cuisine is sprinkled with spices from Africa and Asia and flecked with influences from earlier occupiers including Arabs, Greeks and Phoenicians. Portugal may be relatively small, but its varied landscape and climate create diverse regional cuisines from the northern highlands to the southern plains; while the isolationist regime that ruled until the 1970s preserved traditional foodways that have been lost in neighbouring countries. Despite its Atlantic location, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream Portugal’s diet is primarily Mediterranean, full of seafood, olive oil, chouriço and other charcuterie, wine, bread, cheese, fresh vegetables and herbs. It’s also famous for rich, often simple, desserts, many originating in convents and the best known of which is the custard tart, pastéis de nata.

 

The Basics

Join chef Jose Silva (owner of Sweet Belem Patisserie in Sydney’s Petersham) and me, food writer Roberta Muir, for a delicious behind-the-scenes food and wine tour of Jose’s homeland. We’ll visit producers of the country’s most iconic produce and wines, eat regional dishes in local restaurants and enjoy hands-on cooking with like-minded food and wine lovers in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

The below itinerary covers the tour highlights, the order of activities and locations may vary.

Details
  • September/October 2025 (11 nights/10 days)
  • AUD$12,480 twin-share, all-inclusive land content only, including entry fees and local guides where appropriate
  • $1,950 single supplement
  • $1,800 deposit to confirm place
  • Maximum 16 people
  • Travel by luxury mini-bus with professional driver

 

Lisbon - Lapa Palace view

Lisbon

We’ll start our adventure in Lisbon with dinner at a traditional taberna in the bohemian Bairro Alto district, overlooking the central city and river. We’ll visit the historic port and wander narrow cobbled streets housing bars and cafés selling famed Portuguese tarts.

Northern Italian Wine - grape vines

Olives & Vines

In Alentejo, dubbed ‘the Tuscany of Portugal’ we’ll visit olive groves and vineyards, feast on Atlantic seafood and enjoy ham like no other, made with the revered black Iberian pigs that graze on acorns from the cork oaks that have grown here for centuries.

Queijo Serra da Estrela and other Portuguese Cheeses

Mountain Cheese

In Serra da Estrella, Portugal’s highest mountain range, we'll visit a producer of one of Portugal’s most iconic cheeses, Queijo Serra da Estrela, made from the milk of sheep grazing on the aromatic wild mountain herbs and grasses.

Port Wine - Oporto Portugal

Port Wine

We’ll spend an evening in Vila Nova de Gaia, where Port is aged in ancient cellars then, in the morning, we’ll take a boat up the Douro River to see the vineyards and lunch at a winery that produces these most famous fortified wines.

Chouriço - Portuguese produce market

Markets & Pilgrims

In Ponte de Lima, one of Portugal’s oldest towns and part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, we'll explore one of the country’s largest produce markets, meet artisanal producers and enjoy a delicious dinner at the local marisqueira (seafood restaurant).

Lunch Jose in Minho

Family Lunch

In the village where Jose was born, he'll host a lunch in the garden of his family home overlooking the vines and valleys of northern Portugal. His aunts and uncles still live in the village, cooking traditional dishes and stomping grapes by foot to make wine.

Fado Bars in Lisbon Portugal

Fado Music

On our final evening together we'll have dinner in one of Lisbon’s historic fado bars, dedicated to the soulful music genre that evolved in this city and often called ‘the blues of Portugal’.

Prawns (Gamba) - seafood market

TimeOut Lisboa

Our tour ends in Lisbon's ancient Mercado da Ribeira, where locals buy fresh produce, meat, seafood, and more. We'll lunch in the food hall run by TimeOut Magazine on dishes from some of the city’s best bars and restaurants – and a final Portuguese tart of course.

A Taste of Portugal

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Portugal Q&A

The Mediterranean climate (thanks to the warming Gulf Stream) and variety of landscape in this small country, ensures a delicious variety of regional cuisines. Add to this great wine, scenery and a rich history alongside warm, welcoming people and you have an exciting holiday destination that’s less touristy than most of Europe.

What food is Portugal known for? What is Portugal's Most Famous food?

Outside of Portugal, the pastel de nata (plural: pastéis de nata) or Portuguese custard tart is most famous along with piri piri chicken. And while these dishes are both very popular in Portugal – there’s so much more to discover. Portugal’s Mediterranean diet is rich with grilled seafood, delicious cheeses and chouriço and other charcuterie, olive oil, wine, bread, fresh vegetables and herbs.

What is Lisbon in Portugal known for?

Lisbon is Europe’s second oldest capital city (after Athens). This beautiful city built on seven hills overlooking the Targus River, Lisbon is famous for its ornate architecture (especially the famous tin-glazed blue and white tiles), fado music (‘the blues of Portugal’), elegant cafés with excellent Portuguese tarts and coffee, and bustling waterfront from whence many set sail on voyagers of discovery.

Where is Portugal?

Perched on the edge of Europe, Portugal occupies a narrow strip of land running along the Atlantic seaboard to the west of Spain on the Iberian Peninsula. With mountains in the north, rolling plains in the south, and the Gulf Stream ensuring a milder climate than its North Atlantic location would suggest, Portugal is a country of delicious, regionally diverse food and wine.

What Wine is Portugal Known For?

Port, the fortified red wine from the Portuguese city of Porto (called ‘O Porto’ in Portuguese, meaning ‘the port’) is definitely Portugal’s most famous export. But there are many more delicious wines to discover starting with the other red and white wines of the Port-producing Douro Valley. This steeply-terraced wine region is so special that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Vinho verde, the crisp white wine from northern Portugal, is best drunk young and well-chilled when its aromatics are fresh and refreshing. While Alentejo, in the south, has been producing wines for millennia, it’s here that a new wave of progressive winemakers is experimenting with new styles of wine.

What is there to do on a Food and Wine Tour of Portugal?

With the right insider network, food lovers in Portugal can visit artisanal producers of olive oil, baked goods, chouriço and other charcuterie. Due to an isolationist regime for much of the 20th century, rural Portugal is like a snapshot into the past. Unique cheeses have been made here for centuries in remote locations like the high Serra da Estrela mountains and cork is produced for wine bottles and other household objects from ancient cork oaks. And there are many delicious wines to discover beyond the famous (and delicious) fortified Port.

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What Our Cooks Say

Melisa (Beacon Hill, NSW)
Melisa (Beacon Hill, NSW)
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We made the pot-sticker dumplings and bang bang chicken – once again both exceeded our expectations. My husband keeps saying it’s better ordering this than going out to restaurants as the recipes and food quality are amazing.
Glennis (Caringbah South, NSW)
Glennis (Caringbah South, NSW)
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The whole Be Inspired experience has helped me love cooking again. I was sick of cooking the same old things - meal time is a lot brighter thanks to you Roberta.
Kate (Killara, NSW)
Kate (Killara, NSW)
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I loved the Fresh & Easy Chicken – simple instructions, only a few ingredients and the time factor absolutely spot on. Then came the highlight, the taste, no compromise on the enjoyment of that meal! For the time poor Fresh & Easy hits the mark indeed.
Jen (Tamarama, NSW)
Jen (Tamarama, NSW)
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Thank you for stocking our pantry with such authentic ingredients and quality produce ... I’ve so enjoyed picking fresh leaves from the herb pots and loved listening to the chef's playlist while cooking. We really like the flexibility of cooking over a couple of days and changing the order we cook the dishes in when we want to.
Katrina (Arncliffe, NSW)
Katrina (Arncliffe, NSW)
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I am absolutely loving these boxes! There are ingredients I have never worked with before so having the confidence to try something new is so much fun! The recipes are just amazing and the notes on what can be prep’d beforehand are a great help too. Thank you so much.
Nathan (Manly, NSW)
Nathan (Manly, NSW)
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Loving Be Inspired! Felt like a kid opening up a Christmas present when the box arrived. Fresh herb pots are a nice touch!
Richard (Earlwood, NSW)
Richard (Earlwood, NSW)
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Thanks so much for the Fresh & Easy Meal, it was excellent. We regularly get another meal kit delivery – your offering is vastly superior and a similar price, so big ticks.
Sandra (Garran, ACT)
Sandra (Garran, ACT)
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I'm a competent cook whose learned so much from the Recipes+Videos Packs. The recipes are yummy and Roberta’s video guidance offers so many little tips to improve flavour and organise the flow of preparation. I enjoy her warmth, sense of humour, and ability to giggle at herself when she occasionally messes up.
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