After successfully completing two-years at the professional Hotel Beverage School, I graduated in 1988.
I started my career in the Hospitality Industry on the Madeira Island, then I moved to Miami to work on cruise ships as Sommelier. I went ahead with my career and became Head Sommelier, responsible for the development of wine lists and delivery of Wine service. Meanwhile, I graduated from the Wine School at Johnson & Wales University in Miami and awarded from the international Sommelier Certificate Foundation Level, by the United States Sommelier Association.
I kept working on cruise ships until I decided to move to London for a while and then to go back to Portugal. Here, I started using my knowledge and experience to show my country and its culture to the travellers and I became a private tour guide.
I have depth knowledge of my country, a warm personality and a great sense of humour.
I really enjoy showing people the charm of Oporto Region/Douro Valley and the surrounding areas. It's great to see and share people's joy and amazement when they discover all this beauty. Therefore, I would like to invite you to visit and enjoy these magnificent places. It will be a pleasure to be your private guide!
A Recent Review of this guide
Simply put, Paulo is the consummate professional. If you want a great tour by a great guide, and a great bit of wine wisdom, Paulo is THE MAN ! It was our first time in Porto, and we are so glad that we had Paulo to be our guide. The only minus, Paulo kept taking us to great Port Houses, where we kept finding more Port to buy !
-Excellent knowledge of the history and heritage of the regions of Portugal.
- Awarded the Internacional Sommelier Certificate Foundation Level / after attending Seminars and lessons on wine Theory, Blind tasting, Practical Service and Passed a Written Blind tasting test from the United States Sommelier Association at Wine School at Johnson & Wales University in Miami.
- Certificate course Bar and Restaurant School Hospitality and Tourism of the Porto.
- Certificate from Brow-Forman Beverages Worldwide Wine Group.
- I have a Tour Company Licensed under the nº 1569/2017 the Official Tourism Office of Portugal , For Guide & Driving Tours with mandatory insurances .
- Few years of experience as a private guide.
I am not an official guide and will not be able to guide you inside of some historical monuments.