The best Port wine lodges in Porto
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After booking your hotel in Porto, you must be looking for the best activities to do in the city. Visiting one of the best Port wine lodges should be on the top of your list, because it is a unique activity that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world! (Prepare by reading our Ultimate Guide to Understanding Port wine and discover the Top vineyards in the Douro Valley).
Here is a list of the best Port lodges, so that you don’t waste your time with bad wine.
Before I write my personal pick of the best Port wine lodges, let me give you some advice:
- Visiting the lodges is one of the most popular things to do in Porto, and, naturally, a very touristic one. With this in mind, if you are a serious wine person, I recommend you to ignore the cheapest wine tastings, as you’ll be tasting entry level Port wines, which are not particularly interesting. It’s worth it to pay a bit more and taste better Port wines, specially if you have already tasted Ports and know what is your favourite type of Port wine.
- However, if you are a budget conscious traveller, there are three really good deals for you. One is to get a combo ticket to Port wine Lodge + Fado show where you get to visit Calém Port wine lodge followed by a Port wine tasting while watching a Fado show. This allows you to save A LOT of money as a visit to a Port wine lodge costs 15 / 18€, and a Fado show with dinner costs around 30€ / person. By getting this online combo ticket you pay only 23€ – this is really cheap, people!
- You can get the whole package if you buy the ticket of a city train tour, river cruise and wine cellar visit. It is a great combo if you want to make the most of a single day and it’s very cheap – only 25€. I absolutely recommend that you purchase the combo ticket because if you buy separately you will be paying double (over 40€). If boats aren’t really your thing, you can get a similar experience by buying a ticket to the magic train tour and Port Wine tasting.
- Another great deal is to get a combo ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Bus, river cruise and Port wine cellar for 25,20€. This is incredibly cheap because the river cruise costs 15€, a visit to a Port wine lodge around 15/18€ and the Hop on Hop off Bus around 18€ / day. Save yourself some bucks if you buy the online ticket.
Enough talking. These are the best Port wine lodges:
Avenida de Diogo Leite, 344 | Vila Nova de Gaia
Calém is the best Port wine lodge if you are looking for a relaxed and interactive experience.
First you’ll visit a small interactive museum where you will learn about the Douro Valley region, the different grape varieties, etc. What I like the most about it is that it has a large table where you can test your smelling abilities – a major hit with kids!
Then you join a group tour that lasts 30 minutes, when you will visit the cellar where the wine is aged. Calém uses some cool video projections on the barrels to give you an idea of interesting facts, like how many days it takes to build a barrel or how many Mini Coopers (yes, the car) fit inside one.
Finally, you head to the Port wine tasting which can take place in the main room, a private room or the terrace.
Calém is good value for the money if you are looking for a lighter, more easy-going tour, so I especially recommend it if you are traveling in groups or with kids. It is also one of the CHEAPEST Port wine lodges, so hurry up and buy your online ticket to Calém, which costs 14€.
You can also buy a combo ticket for a visit & wine tasting at Calém + Fado show for 23€, which is a bargain – typically, fado shows cost 15€ (the cheapest version) and a visit & tasting at a Port wine lodge around 15 / 18€ (the standard tastings), so this ticket is a good opportunity.
Schedule: 10h – 19h. Last visit at 17h40. Bookings on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +351220907316.
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the standard Room vary between [13 ; 16] €, depending on the type & number of Port wines. Private Port wine tastings vary between [30 ; 35] €.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR and ES.
Rua do Agro, 141 | Vila Nova de Gaia
Graham’s, a Port wine brand founded by two Scottish brothers in 1820, is an elegant and selective choice, ideal for those eager to escape the crowds of the riverside.
At Graham’s, the Port wine tour begins with a short, 10-minute video, followed by a professional and informative tour, so that we get to know not only the history of the Symington family, but also the different types of Port wine. When it comes to informative tours, there is nothing like Graham’s. Moreover, I never feel that we are being “rushed” by the guide – which is one of the reasons why I consider Graham’s one of the best Port wine lodges!
Then, you will enjoy a wine tasting in a spacious room with a big window overlooking Porto… it is simply phenomenal!
Besides that, Graham’s has a proper restaurant called Vinum, and a terrace overlooking the Douro river where you can enjoy some tapas and a wine of glass while admiring the views.
As it is (and rightfully so) a very popular place among wine enthusiasts, I recommend you to get your online ticket to Graham’s to secure your spot.
Schedule: 9h30 – 17h30. You can book your wine tour & tasting at Graham’s. Free cancelation up to 24h before. No need to print the voucher.
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the Main Room vary between [17 ; 35]€, depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Port wine tastings in the Vintage Room vary between [35 ; 115] €.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT, NL and RUS.
Rua Visconde das Devesas, 168| Vila Nova de Gaia
Another favourite of mine is Poças, which has the particularity of being one of the very few Port wine lodges in the hands of a Portuguese family (unfortunately, most brands belongs to English companies). So, if you are looking for a traditional, family owned Port wine lodge, look no further!
Another thing that I like about Poças is its size – not as large as most other lodges, not as small as Quinta dos Corvos. It is just about the right size to be able to provide professional visits, yet very intimate and personal.
The visit is short but very informative, and then you have the wine tasting at a really cute wine shop. You will be able to taste three different Ports: a white Port (dry or sweet, you choose), a Ruby Port and a 10 Years Old Port. After that tasting, make sure to grab a bottle of an old Tawny Port, as Poças is quite famous for its Colheitas 🙂
As it is a family business, there are no visits taking place on Sundays nor Mondays.
Schedule: From Tuesday to Saturday from 10h – 18h30. You can book your wine tour & tasting at Poças. Free cancelation up to 24h before. No need to print the voucher.
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting varies between [15 ; 50] €, depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES and IT.
Rua Serpa Pinto, 346 | Vila Nova de Gaia
The visit to Cockburn’s Port wine lodge is really unique – not only because it has the largest (and, in my opinion, the most beautiful lodge) BUT ALSO because it is the ONLY place where you can watch coopers, the the artisans responsible for repairing wine barrels.
Indeed, the first time I visited Cockburn’s I had the immense privilege of watching the cooperage team fixing Port wine barrels, something I had never seen and will not see as quickly as it is a dying art. It was beautiful – and I even met Symington’s head cooper, Emílio, who won the Medal of Honour due to his contribution to Port wine industry!
In the end, the Port wine tasting at Cockburn’s takes place in a cozy room overlooking the cellar or, if you prefer the outdoors, in a lovely indoors terrace.
Schedule: 9h30 – 18h. You can make an online booking to the guided tour & Port wine tasting at Cockburn’s.
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the main room vary between [15 ; 23] €, depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Tastings in the John Smiths room vary between [35 ; 50] €. On the top of that, you can ask for chocolate, cheese or almonds’ tastings, paid separately.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR and ES.
Rua Barão de Forrester, 412 | Vila Nova de Gaia
The visit to Croft is a divine experience. As Croft is less accessible than the Port wine cellars by the riverside, it has fewer people, which gives you the feeling of having an unique experience, which personally I value a lot.
Before the tour starts you’re treated with a Croft Pink (it’s a rosé Port wine, the first to be introduced in the market, in 2008) and a Ruby, just to introduce you to Port wine flavours, and then it moves on to the tour itself.After the tour, a 10 years old Tawny is the perfect closing to a wonderful summer morning at Croft.
(By the way, and take my words for it: ask for a chocolate tasting to go along with your Port wines at Croft. It is divine!)
Schedule: 10h – 18h. Bookings at email@example.com.
Tours & Prices: visit + 3 Port wine tastings cost 14€. You can also ask for chocolate, cheese or almonds’ tastings, paid separately.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR and ES.
Rua da Fonte Nova, 5 | Vila Nova de Gaia
Churchill’s Port wine lodges, located just below Graham’s, was founded by a member of the same family, John Graham, in 1981. As a very young brand, it focus on differentiation through its noticeably drier wines.
This Port wine lodge itself is much smaller than the others, giving you a sense of familiarity and warmth, ideal for those seeking a more intimate visit, which makes me consider Churchill’s as one of the top Port wine cellars.
The tasting room is very nice and airy, and Churchill’s also has a beautiful “VIP” room, with a fabulous view of the Douro River, where you can organize lunches, dinners or private events.
At Churchill’s you can have a standard Port wine tasting for a lower price or go for a premium Tawny or Vintage tasting for a higher price.
Schedule: 10h – 17h (last visit starts at 17h15). Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours & Prices: visit + Port Wine tasting vary between [7.5 ; 25] €, depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Churchill’s also has its table wines for tasting, and the prices (which includes the tour) vary between [7,5 ; 35] €.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES and RUS.
If there’s anyone who’s visited every single Port Wine Cellar in Porto, then that person is certainly me. I’m so invested in becoming an expert and being able to share that knowledge that I made Port Wine tasting into a sport! Don’t worry though, I didn’t do it all in a day! 😛
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Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70 | Vila Nova de Gaia
I was very welcomed at Ferreira, a Port wine cellar built by Antónia Ferreira, an extraordinary woman in a male-dominated industry during the nineteenth century.
The tour begins in a small “museum” with objects of Antónia, followed by a detailed explanation of the different types of Port wine, through a tour on this Port wine lodge.
Before the Port wine tasting, you still have the opportunity to visit another museum with old photos, ancient objects used both in the production of Port wine and spirits and on the former cooperage of the company.
The combination of the tour and the two museums is definitely what makes Ferreira one of the best Port wine lodges to visit while you’re in Porto.
Ferreira’s Port wine cellar has two spacious rooms for Port wine tasting, and a tiny premium room, all covered with Portuguese tiles, where I had the privilege of tasting 5 different types of Port wine.
Schedule: 10h – 18h. Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours & Prices: visit + Port wine tastings range between [14 ; 42] €.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT and DE.
Rua do Choupelo, 250 | Vila Nova de Gaia
Taylor’s is probably the answer you’ll get if you ask any tourist what are the best Port wine lodges in Porto.
The visitors, instead of being in a huge group (and pressed by time, which is always scarce in Port wine cellars), has at their disposal an audio guide service that I personally loved!
Therefore, I’d say that Taylor’s experience is suitable for people who want to dig deep into Port wine concepts, but not so nice for groups of friends who prefer to have a more interactive visit at one of the best Port wine lodges.
This Port wine lodge has 11 stops with detailed information that visitors can discover at their own pace and according to their personal interest. You go through the cellar, but also through a “museum” dedicated to Taylor’s cooperage, two videos, and you even have a selfie station at your disposal.
At the end, expect a tasting of two flagship wines of Taylor’s: its Chip Dry Port, introduced in 1934 and an LBV 2011 (considered one the best years of the Douro Valley), which I prefer to take in the garden. Fa-bu-lous.
Taylor’s is also extremely versatile because you can ask for a premium tasting (ranging from 20€ – 105€), for a private masterclass, for private tastings at the cellar, etc. The sky (or rather say, your wallet) is truly the limit.
Schedule: 10h – 18h.
Tours & Prices: the audio guide tour + tasting of 2 Port wines costs 15€. Kids from 8 to 17 pay 6€. A family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids aged 8 – 17) costs 36€.
Audio Guide Languages: PT, EN, FR, ES and GER.
Rua do Choupelo, 54 | Vila Nova de Gaia
CLOSED IN 2021
What captivates me at Offley’s Port wine lodge is its simplicity combined with a strong sense of tradition, which results in a relaxed – but no less structured and informative – tour.
At the end of the visit to this Port wine lodge, a Port wine tasting accompanied by the sound of crystal clear water in the tank that exists in the tasting room. It is so relaxing!