ML – Private Tours is a young company based in Oporto operating in the tourism sector, positioning itself in the “Premium “market segment.
It operates in all the North of the country, betting on wine Tourism program and cultural Tourism as its main business area.
In the origin of this project is Miguel Leal, a young entrepreneur with a large experience in managing and organizing events related to 4x4 touristic events, that as a knower of the market needs, decided to invest in this project.
Miguel Leal, Fundador
Miguel Leal’s link to the wine world dates back to his childhood on a small family wine estate run by his grandfather and father. The vineyards were located in the north of Portugal in the wine growing region of the Vinho Verde. As a child, Miguel has fond memories of visiting the winery during harvest and helping with things like bottling and labeling the wines.
After graduating from university in Porto with a degree in international relations, Miguel started his career working in the family businesses for many years. The wine world’s siren call grew too strong to resist and in 2011 he decided to pursue his passion for a career in the world of wine and combine it with his other passion, automobiles and driving by founding ML-Private Tours.
ML Private Tours specializes in creating unique travel experiences for clients that are seeking out the best of what Portugal has to offer, particulalrly in regards to the best wine and gastronomy.
While Miguel specializes in the north, mainly Porto, the Douro and Vinho Verde, when the opportunity arises we can arrange premium visits to many other neighboring wine regions in portugal and Spain.
Portugal - Douro Valley, Vinho Verde, Dão, Maderia, Bairrada, Alentejo, Traz os Montes
Spain - Rioja , Ribeira del Duero, Toro and Bierzo
Thomas Kobylarz, ML Private Tours US Brand ambassador
While I have my particular tastes, it is yours that matters the most. The goal is to learn from each other so that we can bring you to the best wineries, restaurants and hotels that a given wine region has to offer. We work with all kinds of palates to match you up with the wines you will love or are excited to discover. A wine traveler and collector at heart, I was originally a client of Miguel’s but have since become great friends with overlapping skills that we think ensure the best experiences for our guests and clients.
My first visit to Portugal was in 2013 and I have been back almost every year since! The people of Portugal are some of the friendliest people in the world and will make you feel at home the moment you step off the plane! The wine bug bit me back when I was living in San Francisco in the early 2000s. I started to take notice of how unique and special wine was culturally there. Napa and Sonoma are an hours drive north, wine was very common in the social fabric as it was so accessible - I immersed myself as much as I could. After migrating back to NYC, I missed my easy trips to wine country so I threw myself into reading about wine and attending tastings to keep learning. I started a successful tasting group, the Hoboken Wine Group. I partnered, organized and executed successful wine events with producers and retailers. I started to make close friends in the wine business. And most importantly I have visited many of the great wine regions around the world in Europe, Africa, and the US – there is no better way to understand a wine than to visit the source of its creation.
I hold a WSET Level 3 certification and recently passed a few parts of the WSET Diploma which will conclude my professional wine studies with a “DW” Diploma in Wines.
Nowadays, the only way to ensure the competitiveness is to offer, at any time, differentiated proposal that adds value, for those looking the best Portugal as to offer.
ML – Private Tours is based on a project with a unique DNA that is focused on the emotion of the offered experiences, service excellence and the diversity of offers.
ML – Private Tours defines itself as a company that bets in the Premium market segment, based in that guideline all a leisure concept.
On the basis of this concept are quality, service and hospitality uncompromising values.
ML – Private Tours has a varied fleet, with executive cars, passenger cars and 4x4 vehicles, to reach the expectations of each client.
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