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Wine Cellars

Taste the best wine in the world

When you hear about Porto, it’s impossible to not hear about Port wine cellars. We’re going to tell you a little bit about it and about its cellars that you can (and must!) visit.

Although it’s produced with Douro’s grapes, this drink was called Port wine because it was exported from this city to all over the world. What makes this wine so different from the others is the fact that its fermentation is not taken until the end, that’s why it’s a very sweet drink since the sugar from the grapes is not completely turned into alcohol.

There’s, at least, three kinds of Port wine: White, Ruby and Tawny. If you’re visiting Porto, please visit this cellars and taste the delicious wine. Tip: take your camera with you as you’re going to cross the gorgeous D. Luís I Bridge, because Port wine cellars are… in Gaia.

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Croft 1

Croft, founded in 1588, is one of the most famous Port producers, and also the oldest, being therefore known by its Vintage and Reserve Port. However, despite the great history and tradition, Croft continues to innovate, with the production of the first Rosé Port wine, Croft Pink. Its location is one of the least accessible of all cellars, and maybe that’s why you also don’t find crowds in this one, what should convince you to choose it for your visit. That and the fact that, apart from wine tasting, there’s also portuguese chocolates to try.

Where? Rua Barão de Forrester, 412, 4400-034 Vila Nova de Gaia
When? Every day from 10 am to 6 pm
How much? Visit + 3 wine tastings: 10€ (chocolate tasting is paid separately)

Ferreira 2

Because there’s always a powerful woman in the middle of men’s business, we really recommend you Ferreira’s cellar. Having D. Antónia Ferreira as an inspiration, the cellar has even a little museum in order of the creator of this wine, with some of the objects that she used during the wine production. The cellar is huge and has two big rooms where the main wine tastings are made. But, if you order D. Antónia’s tasting, you’ll be taken to a little room where you’ll can taste different kinds of Port.

Where? Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70, 4400-082 Vila Nova de Gaia
When? Every day from 10 am to 6 pm
How much? Visit + tasting between 10-20€ (it depends on the number of tastings)

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Graham's 3

In 1820, brothers William and John Graham, textiles producers at the time, accepted 27 barrels of Port wine as an old debt’s payment. Thus, they decided to dedicate themselves to it, founding Graham’s Port wine house. Later in 1970, the Symington’s, that had once been connected to Graham’s Port wine, bought the company and produced what would be considered one of the best wines of the century: 1970 Graham’s Vintage Port. This is one of the most sophisticated cellars, therefore you’re not going to find crowds there. However, it’s also one of the most expensive ones for the same reason.

Where? Rua do Agro, 141. Vila Nova de Gaia
When? Every day from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
How much? Visit + tasting between 12-17€ (main room) and 30-100€ (private room)

Cockburn's 4

Cockburn’s is the biggest Port wine storage in the city and the only one where sometimes it’s possible to watch the cooperage staff repairing the barrels. In this cellar, it’s also possible to taste different kinds of wine and you can even choose how many drinks you can have.

Where? Rua Serpa Pinto, 346, 4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia
When? Every day from 9 am to 5:30 pm
How much? From 15€

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For those who want to know deeply the Port’s history, this is the right cellar. The visit is done with the help of an audio guide, during which the visitor can watch the cellar by himself, without being forced to stop and see uninteresting things.</p> <p>This is one of the biggest cellars and the visit is very interactive: besides the cellar and the museum, there are also two videos about the city and wine’s history. We strongly recommend this one for those who want to spend a great time in Porto’s past.

Where? Rua do Choupelo, 250, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia
When? Every day from 10 am to 6 pm
How much? Visit + 2 wine tastings: 15€ (6€ for children over 8 with snacks)

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