What are the Top Port Wine Cellars?

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May 8, 2017

Asked by Rui, Portugal

Asked by Rui, Portugal

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After I told you the Top vineyards in the Douro Valley as well as given you an Ultimate Guide to Understanding Port Wine, there was only a guide missing: Top Port wine cellars. Cheers!

(Article updated in May 2017)

Graham’s

Rua do Agro, 141. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 776 484

top port wine cellar grahams
top port wine cellar grahams
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 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 top Port wine cellars!

Schedule: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Bookings through this link or grahams@grahamsportlodge.com
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

Croft

Rua Barão de Forrester, 412. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 220 109 825


top port wine cellar croft
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 turismo.croft@croft.pt
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

Churchill’s

Rua da Fonte Nova, 5. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 703 641

top port wine cellar churchill
top port wine cellar churchill
Churchill’s Port wine cellar, 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 cellar 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 visitors@churchills-port.com
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

Ferreira

Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 746 106

top port wine cellar ferreira
top port wine cellar ferreira
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 cellar.

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.

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 ferreira.visitors@aaferreira.pt
Tours & Prices: visit + Port wine tastings in the Main Room starts at 10€
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT and DE

Taylor’s

Rua do Choupelo, 250. Vila Nova de Gaia | ontact: +351 223 742 800

top port wine cellar taylor
top port wine cellar taylor
Taylor’s is probably the answer you’ll get if you ask any tourist what are the top Port wine cellars 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 top Port wine cellars.

This Port wine cellar 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

Offley

Rua do Choupelo, 54. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 223 743 852

top port wine cellar offley
What captivates me at Offley’s Port wine cellar 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 cellar, 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 offley.visitors@offley.pt
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!)

Cockburn’s

Rua Serpa Pinto, 346. Vila Nova de Gaia | Contact: +351 913 007 950

THIS PORT WINE CELLAR IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION AT LEAST UNTIL JULY 2017.

top port wine cellar cockburns
top port wine cellar cockburns
The visit to Cockburn’s Port wine cellar 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 Port wine cellar 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 top Port wine cellars!

Schedule: 10:30 – 7pm. Bookings through cockburnslodge@cockburns.com
Tours & Prices: visit + tasting in the Main Room vary between [10;15]€,depending on the type & number of Port wines. On the top of that, you can ask for chocolate, cheese or almonds’ tastings, paid separately.
Tour languages: PT, EN, FR, ES, IT

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