2024 Portugal Wine+Architecture Experience
Contemporary Architecture and Winemaking
Calling all wine, architecture and design enthusiasts! Prepare for an unparalleled fusion of modern design, culinary delights, cultural history, and wine artistry set in Portugal's captivating Alentejo and Douro regions. Join us for an exquisitely crafted wine tour that explores architectural design while unveiling Portugal's rich heritage and flavors.
Experience the remarkably ubiquitous modernity of Portuguese wineries set against the undulating vineyards of Alentejo and Douro, where contemporary design ethos beautifully coexists with centuries-old winemaking traditions. We'll base ourselves in the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Ėvora and Guimarães where we'll be surrounded by Portuguese history and culture. From there, we'll venture into the countryside and nearby towns, visiting spectacular wineries, savoring amazing cuisine, learning local history, and experiencing the rich Portuguese culture.
Delve into an expanse of creative design as you explore vineyard estates that showcase the avant-garde, complementing Portugal's history. Indulge in local cuisine, discovering the exquisite flavors that define Portuguese gastronomy, and uncover the secrets of pairing fine wines with regional dishes. Embrace Portugal's cultural tapestry through interactive cultural experiences. Immerse yourself in the life and history of the regions, learning about Portugal's storied past and its influence on architecture, art, and winemaking. Engage in conversations with friendly locals, enriching your understanding of Portugal's heritage.
This tour transcends the ordinary: a celebration of contemporary design, culinary excellence, cultural exploration, and the art of winemaking set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alentejo and Douro.
Secure your place now and embark on a journey where every sip, every conversation, and every architectural gem invites you to explore the soul of Portugal.
Enjoy a broad range of unique Portuguese wines across multiple regions
Learn about typical Portuguese varietals and techiniques directly from the winemakers
View fascinating contemporary architecture, focusing on wineries and vineyards
Savor superb local cuisine curated over the tour so you enjoy a bit of everything
Explore our host cities by foot from our centrally-located 4-star boutique hotels
Soar above the Alentejo in a hot-air balloon
Experience Portuguese music and culture
Visit places off the beaten track
Did we mention the wine?
This tour has a specialized focus on wine, cuisine and architecture, and we will spend most of our time exploring parts of the country that are less traveled. You may want to add a few days at the beginning or end of your trip to experience the more well-known attractions in Lisbon, Porto and other popular areas.
The Portugal Wine+Architecture Experience is available as a private tour for 8-12 people. Get in touch and we can discuss options.
Meet Your Hosts
William Kyle, a distinguished design professional and passionate tour leader, earned his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University. With studies at the University of Florence and California State International Programs in Italy, mentored by luminaries like Professors Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Adolfo Natalini, he developed a great appreciation of classical and contemporary architectural principles.
In San Francisco, he designed residential and corporate interiors projects, heading up his own design studio for a decade, incorporating both form and function into his spaces. His journey into leading tours began in 2000, guiding explorations for Bay Area Young Architects across cities like Los Angeles and Vancouver, exploring architecture's influence on the urban fabric. In 2009, William launched tours for handbell ringers in Tuscany connecting cultures through tourism and music.
Co-founding Resonate Tours in 2018, he began curating unique journeys for musicians, knitters, architects, potters, and oenophiles, that go beyond traditional travel. Inspired by Portugal's fusion of innovation and tradition, especially in the wine industry, William has created an unforgettable travel experience that harmonizes architecture, culture, and cuisine, inviting individuals to explore the world through an architectural lens.
After a varied career in the corporate world, Alex Hay embraced his passion for travel and culture by founding Resonate Tours with William Kyle. His love of languages, cities, history, culture and design interests perfectly with the company's vision to create enriching travel experiences for enthusiasts.
Alex is a bit of a Renaissance man. Having studied computer science and business, he worked for a while building software before changing careers to develop large-scale solar power projects. Alex plays classical violin and handbells, reads science fiction whenever he can, loves to knit, and enjoys great food and wine.
While studying abroad in Spain in college, the process of adapting to a foreign culture and learning a new language fascinated him and he developed a lifelong passion for travel and exploring new cultures. He's visited more than 20 countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia, and he speaks Portuguese and Spanish, some Italian and about thirty words of Mandarin Chinese.
Oct 1 - 12, 2024
11 nights 4-star boutique accommodation
Curated culinary experiences including lunch or dinner each day
Winery visits and tastings in the Alentejo, Douro and Minho wine regions
Visits to a selection of significant contemporary architecture projects
A hot-air balloon ride over the Alentejo countryside
Two Michelin-star restaurant experiences
Cultural tour experiences and activities
European breakfast at the hotel each morning
Transport to all included activities
Museum and activity entrance fees
AVAILABLE EXTRAS for an additional cost:
Airport/hotel pick up and drop off
Additional meals & drinks
Single Supplement (standard price is based on two people sharing a room). Subject to availability.
Price is in US Dollars
Airfare to Portugal and transfer to/from the hotel is not included
Suggested airports are Lisbon for arrival and Porto for departure