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 make 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 really 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 two really good deals for you. One is to get a combo ticket to Port Wine Cellar + 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 21€ – 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 get the most of a single day and it’s very cheap – only 22€. I absolutely recommend you buy the combo ticket because if you buy separately you will be paying double that price (over 40€). If water is not 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.
Now, enough talking. Let’s check what are…
the best Port wine lodges!
Rua do Agro, 141. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 776 484
At Graham’s, the Port wine tour begins with a short video of 10 minutes, 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.
One of the things I enjoy the most is that 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!
Schedule: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Bookings through this link or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the Main Room vary between [12 ; 17]€, depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Port wine tastings in the Private Room vary between [30 ; 100]€.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT, NL and RUS
Rua Barão de Forrester, 412. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 220 109 825
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: 10am – 6pm. Bookings at email@example.com
Tours & Prices: visit + 3 Port wine tastings cost 10€. 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 | Contact: +351 223 703 641
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.
Schedule: 10am – 5pm (last visit at 5:15pm). Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours & Prices: visit + Port Wine tasting vary between [5 ; 20]€,depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Churchill’s also has its table wines for tasting, and the price varies between [10 ; 15]€.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, RUS and UA
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! ;P
If you want to follow in my footsteps and try some of my best recommendations, go on a private tour with us. I can show you all the secrets I learned in my long journey into the depths of the Port Wine Cellars and offer a taste of the best wines in the region.
You can read the reviews of our tours on our TripAdvisor and then simply send an email to email@example.com telling us when you are coming to Porto and how many people are travelling with you. It will be our pleasure to guide you!
Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 746 106
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: 10:30am – 12:30 + 2pm – 6pm. Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours & Prices: visit + Port wine tastings in the Main Room starts at 10€
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT and DE
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Rua do Choupelo, 250. Vila Nova de Gaia | ontact: +351 223 742 800
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.
Schedule: 10am – 6pm.
Tours & Prices: the audio guide tour + tasting of 2 Port wines costs 12€
Audio Guide Languages: PT, EN, FR, ES and GER
Rua do Choupelo, 54. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 743 852
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!
Schedule: 10am – 12h30 + 2pm – 6pm. Bookings through this link or email@example.com
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the Main Room vary between [6 ; 16] €,depending on the type & number of Port wines.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES and DE (this last one, only under reservation!)
Rua Serpa Pinto, 346. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 913 007 950
The visit to Cockburn’s Port wine lodge is quite unique. The brand was founded in 1815 by two Scottish brothers and passed from family to family until it reached the hands of Symington, Graham’s owners.
Cockburn’s is distinguished by being a huge working lodge – in fact, it is the largest of all the Port wine lodges in Gaia – where we often see work being carried out during the tour.
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 most recently won the Medal of Honour due to his contribution to Port wine industry! In the end, the tasting takes place in a cozy room overlooking the cellar. Cockburn’s is definitely one of the best Port wine lodges!