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PORT LODGES, CELLARS AND VISITOR CENTRES IN VILA NOVA DE GAIA

Across the river from Porto is the historical city of Vila Nova de Gaia which has gained notoriety from the Port trade. It is within the 18th-century streets of Gaia where Port companies have their lodges. It is within these warehouses the wine is traditionally aged and blended. The vast majority of the lodges are open to the public for tours and tasting. Typically they operate without prior booking between May and October yet some are closed on weekends. The duration and quality of the tour vary with each company. All are informative and are good value for money. Usually, the entrance fee is deducted from the cost of any purchase you make. Have a look at our detailed guide to Gaia's port lodges…

Churchill's

Churchill's

Churchill's Visitors centre in Vila Nova de Gaia, known for its elegance and style, serves as a perfect environment to highlight the best Churchill's has to offer - its wines. For those keen to enhance their knowledge of the Douro Region and the history of Churchill's, the visitor centre provides a perfect platform. Here you can also enjoy tailor-made tastings of Churchill's Douro table wine and Port in the Tasting Room, which has a spectacular view of the Douro River.

Due to its location, Churchill's is largely ignored by visitors. The cellars are at the far end of the waterfront. Those who purposely make the trek are well rewarded by the experience. Renown for their vintages Churchill's offer a range of tasting options or tailor-make your visit. Visitors are greeted always with a warm welcome by the staff who clearly feel very passionate about their craft.


From May to October: 10h00 - 19h00,From November to March: 10h00 - 18h00

Rua da Fonte Nova 5, 4400-156 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 18.2" N | 08° 37' 19.5" W
+351 223 744 193 | visitors@churchills-port.com |  Website

Cockburn's

Cockburn's

Founded in 1815 by Robert Cockburn, a Scottish soldier who served in Portugal during the Peninsular War. Today Cockburn's is owned by the Symington Family, producers of Port wine for over 125 years. This is Gaia's largest wooden Port cellar in the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia, holding one of the greatest collections of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar. Cockburn's wine cellars are also considered as one of the most beautiful in Vila Nova de Gaia and one of the very few Port cellars that remains a real working lodge. It is full of casks and pipes where wine is being matured, regularly assessed, blended and drawn off for bottling. The lodge also holds the Cockburn's bottle cellars, where some of Cockburn's most treasured Vintage Ports are kept, waiting to reach their full potential. Visits and wine tasting tours are by appointment.

From May to October: 09h30 – 19h00
From November to March: 10h00 - 18h00
Rua Serpa Pinto 346, 4400-307, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 01.2" N | 08° 37' 05.7" W
+ 351 913 007 950 | cockburnslodge@cockburns.com |  Website

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CALÉM CAVES GUIDED TOUR

Calém Cellars

ONLINE TICKET

With this entrance ticket you can book a visit to the Calém Cellars at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone. Book with confidence with FREE CANCELLATION. The tour is available in multiple languages.

From April to October: 10h00 - 19h00

Due to their favourable location close to the D Luiz bridge and large frontage, the Cálem Cellars are the most visited and perhaps also because of their exceptional quality of wine, and also interesting history. However before the taming of the River Douro, these cellars were frequently flooded, a presentation inside shows the highest tide marks. Calém's responsibility of enlightening its 175,000 visitors plus per year visitors to the is well served and intact they have won successive "Best of Wine Tourism" awards.

Established in 1859 it was bought in 2003 by the Sogevinus Group. The to the cellar and museum includes a tasting of two types of young ports whilst tariffs for older port tasting are available. The tour is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Each day at 18:30, the last tour of the day ends with a presentation of Fado music.

From May to October: 10h00 - 19h00, From November to March: 10h00 - 18h00
Avenida Diogo Leite, 344 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 17.2" N | 08° 36' 41.2" W
+351 916 113 451 | tour@calem.pt |  Website

Croft Cellars

Croft

Croft is the oldest operating wine-producing house dating back to 1588. Despite its four centuries of history, Croft remains an innovative company. In 2008 Croft launched the world's first Rosé Port. The cellars display a great insight into the company's history and a more in-depth description of the workings of a Port manufacturer. The "Croft experience" includes a visit to the ageing cellars and a tasting of three special Port wines. On sunny days tastings take place on a terrace. Bookings for the Croft experience are only required for groups, otherwise, you can just turn up. Tours take place every 40 minutes. The Croft cellars are open for tours all year round, offering one of the most genuine and traditional visits to the world of Port wine.

In addition to the standard tour, it's possible to book other experiences at the Croft Visitors Centre, including those highlighting Port wine's educational side and diversity. Much advised is the exquisite Port wine tastings by the glass, paired with delicious accompaniments available daily. Also available, by pre-booking, is witnessing the traditional opening of a Vintage Port using hot tongs and a unique and challenging blind tasting! These services are available by appointment only.


Rua Barão de Forrester, 412 – 4400-034 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41 08 20.7" N | 08 36 32.9" W
+351 913 288 994 |  Website


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Ferreira

Ferreira

Ferreira's 250-year history makes it not only one of the oldest Port companies but also one of the most loved. Ferreira was founded in 1751 by a family of winemakers. The matriarch of the company is Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira (1811-1896). She was popularised by her countrymen as "Ferreirinha", and she remains the most charismatic and legendary personalities of the Douro region. She was a symbol of steadfast entrepreneurship and Douro viticulture. She was also a pillar of the community and a generous supporter of the most in need.

Inside the Ferreira Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia is probably the most extensive and finest collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century vintages, the oldest wine dating as far back as 1815. The famous 1834 vintage is one of the best of the nineteenth century, was the centre of a tragic yet fascinating episode. In 1897, the Swedish explorer Auguste Andrée, along with two companions, decided to cross the North Pole in a balloon. On 14th July 1897, the balloon fell into the Arctic. Amazingly the explorers were still alive and held a banquet on a floating piece of ice. The main dish was seal and seagull breast. The highlight of this banquet was a bottle of Vintage "D. Antónia Ferreira" Porto, 1834, a gift from the king of Sweden.
All Year Round: 10h00 - 18h00
From €13.00
70 Av. Ramos Pinto, 4400-082 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 12.9" N | 8º 37' 9.39" W
+351-223 746 106 | ferreira.visitors@aaferreira.pt |  Website

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Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

If you are looking for a tour of the entire city of Porto without spending much time and money, this tour is ideal for you. With your guide, you will discover the most iconic and important points of the city while stopping to learn how the famous Port Wine has been produced and matured for so many years. An old city full of contrasts, Porto's historic centre is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site where all architectural styles blend in one place. After travelling about the history of the city, time to stop and taste the diversity of Portuguese cheeses through a brief explanation of how they are made and have become so famous.

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Cálem Cellars Guided Tour and Chocolate and Cheese Tasting

Cálem Cellars Guided Tour with Chocolate and Cheese Tasting

Explore a huge selection of the most iconic wines, paired with finger food. In the guided visits to Cálem Cellar, learn about the Douro Demarcated Region and how the Port is produced. Discover the details in the history of this house. The cellars themselves remain active whilst being open to the public. Then, you will be invited to a Cálem wine tasting of Cálem Late Bottle Vintage, Cálem Vintage, and Cálem Colheita. With your guide, learn some more Port secrets and pair your wines with goat cheese Transmontano, cheese from S. Jorge Island, chocolate tartlet black and chocolate milk, and crackers and compote.


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Fado in Porto: Calem Wine Porto Cellars Visit

Fado in Porto: Cálem Cellars Visit

Fado is an important part of the collective Portuguese soul, born in the taverns of the 19th century and an iconic symbol of the Portuguese culture. This 55-minute programme includes a visit to the Cálem wine cellars to learn about ancestral traditions. The visit is followed by a tasting of two ports (white and special reserve), which are served to you as you enjoy a Fado performance. The Fado performance features both male and female singers accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar and classic guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear to the music and experience the soul of the country.



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Graham's

Graham's

W & J Graham's magnificent 1890 Lodge is situated on a commanding ridge in Vila Nova de Gaia, a few hundred metres from the river Douro's south bank. It affords spectacular views of Porto's historic city centre and the iconic two-tier bridge which connects Porto and Gaia. The entire Lodge has been recently renovated by the Symington family. All its original features restored. Visitors to the Graham's Lodge can experience the best of three centuries of craftsmanship and heritage. Graham's is still a working cellar. No visit to the Lodge will pass without hearing the sounds of the Coopers' hammers or seeing the lodgemen collecting samples for the tasting room. The building currently houses over 2,000 pipes (oak casks) and 40 tonels and balseiros (large oak vats) of ageing Port wine, as well as extensive cellars of Vintage Port, ageing in bottle.

The granite walls, over half a metre thick, combined with the maritime climate, ensure a constant cool temperature, ideal for the slow ageing of Port. The high ceiling is still supported by the original Riga Pine beams, and the beautiful nineteenth-century exterior remains intact. The renovated Graham's 1890 Lodge was inaugurated by the President of Portugal in March 2013. It has already become a landmark for the promotion and experience of Port in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto and the rest of Europe.

Graham's has a wide range of different tasting options of Classic, Premium, Vintage or Tawny Ports. This ensures that every visit is enjoyable and extremely informative, giving an unequalled comparative-tasting experience. The Graham's Lodge Shop offers a wide variety of Graham's Ports as well as Ports and Douro DOC wines produced at other Symington Family Quintas.


From April to October: 09h00 - 18h00
From November - March: 09h30 – 13h00/14h00 - 17h30
Rua do Agro 141, 4400-281 Santa Marinha, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 13.7" N | 08° 37' 31.1" W
+ 351 223 776 485 | grahams@grahamsportlodge.com |  Website

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Kopke

Kopke

Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke (who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League), the House of Kopke is the oldest Porto wine exporter. Through many generations, the Company has been run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining a reputation for excellent wines.

Located at the heart of the riverside of Vila Nova de Gaia city, the Kopke House is a three-storey space where Port wine is king. You can enjoy high-quality Ports in a cosy and familiar environment, being that you also have old exclusive wines at your disposal. Those who visit the Kopke House should try the delicious combination of Port wine and chocolate. Traditionally made and originally from Porto, Arcádia is a house where chocolates were selected to reinforce the subtlety, prestige and tradition of Kopke wines. An extra treat is the 100% biological olive oil tastings. When you next visit the left margin of the Douro River, get to know the oldest Port Wine House, for you surely cannot miss the combination of history and tradition.

From May to October: 10h00 – 19h00, From November to April: 10h00 - 18h000
Kopke House, Avenida Diogo Leite 312, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 13.7" N | 08° 37' 31.1" W
+351 223 746 660 | turismo@sogevinus.com |  Website





Niepoort

Niepoort has been an independent family business since 1842. Dirk Niepoort is the fifth generation. His passion for wine has defined the team spirit over the last two decades. Surrounded by the many other different Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, the Niepoort cellars are a magical space where its Port wines are aged in old casks, bottles or demijohns. At the time of writing the lodge is in Vila Nova da Gaia is CLOSED to the public.
Rua Candido dos Reis 670, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-071, Portugal.
41° 08' 07.1" N | 08° 36' 43.0" W
+351 223 746 660 | info@niepoort-vinhos.com |  Website

Offley

Offley

Founded in 1737 by William Offley, the company gained international renown and prestige under the leadership of Joseph James Forrester, an influential personality in the history of Porto. The first Baron Forrester was granted his status for mapping the Douro valley system. A man of many talents; a businessman, winemaker, wine taster, respected artist and mapmaker, he is one of the most iconic characters of the history of Porto. The wines produced at the Quinta da Boa Vista, located in the municipality of Sabrosa are aged at the Offley cellars. A selection of tours and tasting options available.

March to October Daily from 10h00 - 12h30/14h00 - 18h00
From €3.50
54 Rua do Choupelo, 4400-174, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 08" N | 08° 36' 50" W
+351 223 743 852 | offley.visitors@offley.pt |  Website



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Poças

Poças

The family-owned Poças company have been in existence since 1918 and have gained notoriety for their Tawny Ports. Located within the historical centre of Vila Nova de Gaia, Poças' visitor centre was created after the restoration of the company's headquarters. New spaces were created to hold events, meetings and demonstrations. Pocas' offer its visitors a chance to learn about the company's history and legacy as they're guided through a cooperage workshop and its cellar. Learn about how Port is produced as your senses are bombarded with the distinct aromas of a Port lodge. On occasions, private dining experiences are held and sometimes even musical concerts. The entrance fee is €6.50 and includes tasting two wines (white Port and red reserve). Additionally, it is possible to sample a wide range of other Port wines and DOC Douro wines. Tours are available in Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese.

From May to September: Daily 10h00 - 20h00, From October to April: 10h00 - 17h30
224 Rua Visconde das Devesas, 4400-337 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 07' 39.6" N | 08º 37' 08.8" W
+351 223 203 257 | visitors@pocas.pt

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THE YEATMAN HOTEL

The Yeatman Hotel has a close association with Port and Portuguese wines and its shop, which is open to the public, holds in stock an impressive 1300 labels. If you need help with your selection, be it for a souvenir, present or wine choice, their Shop specialists and Sommelier team will be delighted to provide personalised advice. The Yeatman's key aim is to be the ambassadors for Portuguese wine and arrange the international shipment when necessary. The Yeatman Shop also carries a wide variety of wine accessories and Portuguese products reflecting Portuguese life, culture and flavours.

The Yeatman is also considered one of the best of Porto's Hotels. Along with their luxurious service, amenities and two Michelin star restaurant, they also offer package programmes offering tours to Taylor’s Port Wine Cellar with Port wine tasting and a three-course lunch, as well as other discounts.

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The Yeatman Hotel
Porto Augusto's

Porto Augusto's

Tucked away along one of Gaia's narrow alleyways is this splendid Port Lodge belonging to an obscure Port company. Once you have visited, you'll be proud to be a member of a select few who knows this hidden gem. As you enter, you will certainly get a sense of a traditional Port cellar. On closer inspection, the more observant will realise many of the barrels are empty. The brand was established only in 2014 and are awaiting a license to age their wines in Gaia. Augusto's is a joint venture of two family estates with a long history of producing Port wines in the Douro Valley and has already established a good reputation for its aged Tawnies.

The lodge's anonymity is almost guaranteed a more attentive and personal service from your guide. The establishment is small, so you'll get onto the business of wine tasting. If you make a purchase, the €5.00 tour charge is refunded.


Daily: 11h00 - 18h000
From €5.00
8 Rua França, 4400-174 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 12.8" N | 08° 36' 49.7" W
+351 223 190 614 | info@portoaugustos.pt |  Website


Porto Cruz Cellars

Porto Cruz

In contrast to the dark and musky Port lodges found in Gaia, Porto Cruz's tasting centre offers an altogether different visitor experience. Opened in 2012, located two minutes walk from the Luis I bridge inside a restored 18th-century building, the Espaço Porto Cruz is light, airy and spacious. An array of multi-media gadgetry has been employed within the exhibition space on the first floor. It is dedicated to the art of Port wine production and the long history and heritage of Porto Cruz. Wine tasting is done on the ground floor and also serves as a shop. There is a large choice of tasting options available including brands owned by Porto Cruz such as Dalva and Quinta de Ventozelo . Tastings can be paired with local delicacies such as cheeses and chocolates.

In addition to all this, there is a terrace bar on the fourth floor. It offers patrons a 360º panoramic view over Gaia, the river and Porto beyond. Here it's possible to buy a choice of Ports and Douro DOC wines at the bar. They also serve lunch and excellent Port-based cocktails. It is also the ideal spot to enjoy the sun setting on the river.
Tuesday - Sunday: 11h00 - 19h00, Monday: CLOSED | From €2.50
23 Largo Miguel Bombarda, 4400-222, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 15.8" N | 08º 36' 46.6" W
+351 220 925 340 | geral@myportocruz.com |  Website

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Quevedo

Quevedo

This long-standing family producer has been making quality Port wines for generations. Because they were not exporters, they never had a presence in Vila Nova de Gaia. That is until now. Since opening a tasting room and shop in a central location in Gaia. Surrounded by big names in Port wines they've been able to introduce themselves to a wider market. There's nothing official here, the information is displayed on the walls, come in, sit down, enjoy a glass of whatever takes your fancy.

On certain days there's live Fado on the top floor which can create quite a party atmosphere at busier times. Quevedo has brought a breath of fresh air into the Port industry.



From May to September: 10h00 - 20h00, From November - April: 10h00 - 18h00
From €2.00 per glass
77 Rua de Santa Marinha, 4400-291 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 11.47" N | 08º 36' 52.8" W
+351 223 752 015 | info@quevedoportwine.com |  Website

Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest Port producers who date back to the beginning of the 18th century with a long-standing connection with Vila Nova de Gaia. In 1981 tragedy struck when a fire ripped through and destroyed Noval's lodge in Gaia. Along with its archives, about 350,000 Litres old Port stocks were destroyed.

When the EU relaxed the rules concerning Port ageing, Quinta do Naval upticks its operations to its vineyard close to Pinhão in the Douro valley, the first of all the traditional Port companies to do so.

The visitors centre and shop on the riverfront in Gaia is your opportunity to sample the Ports from this legendary producer. Created in 1995, the interior is richly decorated with images from the Douro and of Port production yet somewhat on the small size. A second wine shop is planned on the quay of Pinhão in the heart of the Douro Valley.

June - September: 11h00 – 20h00, October - May (Mon-Sat): 10h30 – 18:30
Quinta do Noval Vinhos, SA, Avenida Diogo Leite 356, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 16.4" N | 08° 36' 43.4" W
+351 223 770 282 | rosario@quintadonoval.pt |  Website

BURMESTER WINE CELLARS

Burmester Wine Cellars

ONLINE TICKET

With this entrance ticket you can book a visit to the Burmester Wine Cellars at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone. Book with confidence with FREE CANCELLATION. The tour is available in Portuguese and English.

From April to October: 10h00 - 19h00

Enjoying magnificent views over the river Douro near the exit of the lower deck of the Luís I bridge, Burmester offer tours of their original and renovated Cellars reopened in 2012. The historic estate is wide and it is possible to observe some valuable pieces, such as the first Burmester's barrel, made in 1883. London, 1750. Henry Burmester and John Nash start the brand, as so began the history of the Burmester wines. Burmester is renowned for its British roots and the quality of its Port and DOC Douro wines sold in more than 30 countries. The wines honour their terroir and give the brand one of its distinctive traits, elegance.
•   Guided visit of the wine cellars in your preferred language
•   Tasting of 2 wines
•   Tasting of 3 wines and chocolates (if the premium visit is selected)
•   Tasting of 3 wines of superior quality (LBV, Vintage, and Colheita), accompanied by chocolates and cheese (if the gourmet visit is selected)

Largo da Ponte Luís I, 4400-111, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41 08 20.7" N | 08 36 32.9" W | +351 913 288 994
visitas.burmester@sogevinus.com |  Website

Quinta dos Corvos

Quinta dos Corvos

The Quinta dos Corvos lodge is the new kid on the block and has occupied this small former Taylor's lodge since 2016. It isn't a working lodge as production and ageing happen at the family-run estates in the Douro. The purpose of this lodge is to present the Corvos brand to tourists visiting Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour is over pretty quickly and could be conceived as less intense and more laid back than the larger lodges. There is a choice of basic or more elaborate tasting packages to choose from. Prices start at €5.00, which is refunded if you make a purchase.

2 Rua Dom Afonso III, 4400-266 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 01.2" N | 08° 37' 05.7" W
+351 223 744 380 | info@quintadoscorvos.pt |  Website


Ramos Pinto Cellars

Ramos Pinto

The reason the Ramos Pinto lodge stands out against the others is not so much the size of its cellars and length of the tour but in the interesting museum that highlights the company's use of graphic design in the earliest part of the 20th century. Fans of Art Nouveau poster art would love it here. The company was founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880 and had a battle to compete with the established brands. But Adriano was a marketing genius and concentrated his efforts toward the Brazilian market and rapidly became responsible for half the wine exported to South America.

Following the museum, the tour continues into the cellar, where the production and ageing processes are explained in detail. Finally, the excursion ends with a tasting inside an attractive old hall with an oak-beamed ceiling. Visitors may also make an appointment to visit the archives that contain a precious collection of historical documents relating to the production and exporting of wines during the final decades of the nineteenth century. Casa Ramos Pinto has an open house all year round. You can book your visit directly at the lodge in Gaia or by email.


May - October Daily: 10h00 – 18h00, November – April: Closed Weekends
Casa Ramos Pinto, Av. Ramos Pinto 400, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 13.7" N | 08° 36' 55" W
+351 223 707 000 | amospinto@ramospinto.pt |  Website

Real Companhia Velha

Real Companhia Velha

Over the past two and a half Centuries, Real Companhia Velha has built a reputation for excellence among the most demanding lovers of Port. As the oldest Port Wine company in Portugal, it was founded in 1756 by a Royal Charter of King José I.

The tasting room is decorated to perfection, with benches and tables made of the same wood as the ageing barrels. It has several historical graphics that illustrate 259 years of history. At the end of the tasting, you can visit the friendly shop and boutique with the full range of products from Real Companhia Velha, brands like Royal Oporto, Quinta das Carvalhas, Delaforce and others. Getting to the Real Companhia Velha can be a little tricky as it's two kilometres from the quayside of Gaia. You can take the metro to the General Torres station and take a 10-minute stroll. You can also hop on the touristy road-train which stops outside or take a taxi. Be assured though the efforts made to visit here are well rewarded as the cellars are large and full of ageing bottles. There are many different tours available starting from €3.00.

April - September Daily: 09h30 – 19h00, October Weekdays: 09h30 - 17h00
From €3.00
314 Rua Azevedo Magalhães, 4430-952, Vila Nova de Gaia , Portugal.
41° 07' 57.7" N | 08° 36' 03.5" W
+351 223 775 194 | turismo@realcompanhiavelha.pt |  Website

Rozés

Rozés

The company was founded in Bordeaux in 1855 by Ostend Rozès, a merchant of fine wines. The Rozès company began to import and market Port wine in 1930 under the brand "Porto Rozès". This label has belonged to the company Vranken Pommery Monopole since 1999.

Today, its 230 hectares of vines located in all three sub-regions of the Douro produces the Port wine that ages within their cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. Having always focused on the principles of its founder, Rozès remains a House where quality, tradition and innovation go hand in hand. Visitors are welcome to experience the warm and charming atmosphere at the cellars by appointment only. There is a feel of a medieval castle about this lodge. Once you step through the door, you're guided downstairs into mysterious-looking rooms and long tunnels which seem to go on forever. Tours here seem more personal and intimate than the more popular lodges on the riverfront. The cellars are located way up the hill away from the river, therefore getting here on foot a little tricky. If you have a car, there's no problem as there is plenty of parking space here.


Weekdays: 10h00 – 18h00
Rua Cândido dos Reis 526, 4400-070, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 07' 56.4" N | 08º 36' 40.3" W
+351 223 771 680 | rozes@rozes.pt |  Website

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Sandeman

Sandeman

Sandeman's "Don" logo has become an icon, inspired by mixing a Spanish matador and the black cloak of Portuguese university students, to symbolise the company's role in both the Port and Sherry trades. It's reputed to be the worlds first logo. In fact, the marketing term "brand" comes from branding Port barrels with a hot iron. The company was founded by George Sandeman in 1790 and during its long history, it's survived many mergers and has expanded to global success. As well as the cellars there is an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, ceramics, antique bottles, and other memorable items that tells you a fascinating story through an interesting exhibition.

You can’t miss the Sandeman Lodge, the wide façade of the building stands right on the riverfront and can easily be seen from the Porto side. The “Dom” theme continues inside, your tour guide wears the matador's hat and cape. The tour lasts about half an hour and there's a number of tasting options available. Prices start at €6.00 for the most basic.





March - October: 10h00 – 18h00, November - February: 09h30 - 17h30
From €6.00
3 Largo Miguel Bombarda, 4400-222, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 15" N | 08º 36' 44" W
+351 223 740 533| sandeman.visitors@sandeman.eu |  Website

Taylor's

Taylor's

Taylor's award-winning lodge offers you a pleasant and informative visit to its famous cellars. Here you'll have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of port wine and Taylor's company, which has entered its fourth century of existence. After the visit, you can taste three special Port wines in the distinctive library room. With an amazing view over the river and the opposite bank of Porto, the terrace offers a pleasant respite and the restaurant Barão de Fladgate is top-notch.

The tour allows visitors to explore the cellars at their own pace whilst taking in all the information by audio handset, available in 12 different languages. In the barrel room is Taylor's famous "balseiro" barrel. There is an iPad on a stand offering visitors a chance to take a selfie in front of this iconic item and have it emailed.

You can opt from various types of tastings: extended or commented; Port wine tastings with chocolates and cheeses; Quinta de Vargellas olive oil tastings; blind tastings; vintages fire openings; Port SCION tasting or Port wine workshops.
Weekdays: 10h00 - 18h00, Weekends: 10h00 - 17h00
From €12.00
Rua do Choupelo 250, 4400-088, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 02" N | 08º 36' 51" W
+351 223 740 533 | ana.sofia@taylor.pt |  Website

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Vasconcellos

Vasconcellos

One of the lesser-known Port companies with a presence in Gaia, Vasconcellos will offer the visitor a more in-depth and personal tour than some of the larger brands. Renown for their aged Tawnies, Vasconcellos caters for the domestic market. You'll hear a lot about the art of blending during your visit here. On the world stage, Vasconcellos remain somewhat enigmatic. In the UK, they trade under the brand name of Butler, Nephew & Cº. Many would be surprised to learn they've been producing fine Ports since 1879. The tour and tasting cost €10, which is refunded if a purchase is made.

Daily: 10h00 - 19h00
16 Avenida Diogo Leite, Vila Nova de Gaia, 4400-111, Portugal.
41° 08' 14.0" N | 08° 36' 53.2" W
+351 223 745 900 | vasconcellosoporto@yahoo.com


Sogrape Vinhos

Sogevinus Wine Shop

As the owner of the centenary wine houses of Kopke, Burmester, Cálem, Barros and Velhotes, the Sogevinus Group is the leader of the domestic Port and Douro DOC wine market. The Sogevinus Wine Shop stocks a wide selection of its products, of which around 30 are available for tasting by the glass. Collectively the wines represent the most established and iconic ports through to the newest innovations. Inside the shop, there's a dedicated tasting room. If you know what you want, you can take a bottle off the shelf.

May to October: Daily 10h00 - 19h00, November to April: Daily 10h00 - 18h00
280 Avenida Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia, 4400-111, Portugal.
41° 08' 12.6" N | 08° 37' 00.5" W
+351 916 372 896 | loja.sogevinus@sogevinus.com |  Website



Vasques de Carvalho

Vasques de Carvalho

Vasques de Carvalho has had a presence in Gaia since 2018. This new addition is not a working wine cellar but a shop and exhibition space dedicated to this lesser-known Port company. It's located away from the busier part of Gaia, which has both positives and negatives for Vasques de Carvalho. This family business started making wines during the mid-19th century. The lack of sales created led to wines being aged and stored at their warehouse. When they gained Port wine producer status in the 1970's they had a large collection of old stock ideal for blending Tawnies for what the company is celebrated for. There's various tasting options here.

10h00 - 19h30
19 Largo Santa M.nha, 4400-291, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41° 08' 10.9" N | 08° 36' 52.7" W
+351 254 324 263 | vasquescarvalho43@gmail.com |  Website

Wiese & Krohn

Wiese & Krohn

Wiese & Krohn was founded in 1865 by two young Norwegians cousins, Theodor Wiese and Dankert Krohn. Since then, the firm has built up an outstanding reputation for its old cask-aged Ports. In particular, it's ‘Colheitas’ or single harvest Tawnies, where it holds reserves of rare wines from the 19th century. Krohn is also noted for its finely-constituted Vintage Ports sourced from its flagship Douro property, Quinta do Retiro Novo, in the Rio Torto Valley.

The Fladgate Partnership, the owner of Taylor's Port, has continued the trend of consolidation in the industry by buying tawny specialist Wiese & Krohn. Their lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia is at the time of writing is CLOSED to the public.
149 Rua Serpa Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-307, Portugal.
41° 08' 03.2" N | 08° 37' 05.7" W
 Website