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2020 Tour Launch Event - Toronto


Friday, September 27, 2019


at Founded by Garcia

Join us for a light, informative presentation of Culture Viewfinder’s Fall 2020 tours, and a social evening accompanied by regional Portuguese wines and nibbles. Meet Esther Shipman, acclaimed Canadian architecture + design curator and founder of Culture Viewfinder, as well as top team members from CV’s new partner Ellison Travel and Tours.

Culture Viewfinder will reveal details of its fall 2020 tours, Wine Architecture + Gastronomy introduces the Douro Valley’s recent embrace of innovative and compelling architecture as the industry has moved swiftly enmasse into the modern era of wine making. Wine Architecture is a phrase coined in a 2016 publication highlighting the finest viniculture architecture throughout Portugal. Culture Viewfinder's wine tour series begins with a focus on the historic Douro Valley region, selecting destinations based on a combination of superior wine, cuisine, architecture, physical beauty and deep respect for the traditions of the region. See, feel and walk through the architecture, drink the wine, taste the food and meet some of the architects as they personally lead you through their projects.
Our second offering, Contemporary Architecture, Design and Fabrication in Portugal is accompanied by the tagline An Insiders Tour for A+D Specifiers and aficionados of fine wine, cuisine and contemporary culture which provides a succinct summary of what is to come. The reality is a 9-day journey from Lisbon to Porto and points in between, that includes factory and studio visits, exclusive tours of private buildings, museums and artisan’s workshops, exploring neighbourhoods, and enjoying fine wine and cuisine. Whether you are looking to find new sources and inspiration for your business, or are curious to discover and build your personal understanding and appreciation of outstanding art, architecture and design from the handmade to the mass produced, this tour is for you.
CV tours are restricted to small groups and will be personally led by Esther Shipman who will introduce you to many of the leading creative lights of Portugal.

In addition, Culture Viewfinder just expanded its travel services! Our extraordinary curated art, architecture, and design tours have found the perfect complement in national support and logistics with Ellison Travel and Tours, one of Canada’s premiere full-services agencies founded in 1980. CV’s unparalleled insider contemporary culture travel experiences now have the finest team of experienced travel specialists behind the scenes from coast to coast and through our partnership with Ellison, Culture Viewfinder is now officially part of TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario), Registrant #2392471.

Ellison Travel + Tours

311 Main St., P.O. Box 1990,
Exeter, ON, Canada N0M 1S7


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Details of the location will be provided with your RSVP confirmation. Entry is restricted to two people per RSVP.  Please provide both names, company and email addresses.










Modern Portuguese Architecture: 10 Firms to Know, Elizabeth Pagliacolo 

Read here.



Read The Globe & Mail’s Architecture Critic, Alex Bozikovic’s article about his trip to Portugal with us last October here.

Culture Viewfinder will post select announcements, articles, and critiques about art, architecture and design exhibitions, events and observations from around the world!


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