In 2014 Porto was nominated Best European Destination. Porto is Portugal’s second largest city. Every year this city attracts tourists, in the thousands, eager to visit the ancient downtown, see the colorfully painted houses on the riverside, stroll around the century old streets, enjoy the delicious Portuguese cuisine, and taste their famous wine.
The 10 Best Cellars to Taste Wine in Porto
You don’t need to go a specific winery or vineyard in the Douro Valley to taste the best Portuguese wines (but we strongly recommend you do!). If you’re in Porto and haven’t planned a trip to the Douro but find yourself in the mood for a Port wine tasting, there are plenty of choices, mainly on the other side of the Douro River, in Gaia. Each visit is different, featuring a tasting room, artisanal cheese or chocolate pairings, on-site sommeliers and much more.
Located in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia’s waterfront, Kopke House is a three-storey building where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience, tasting Port wines of exceptional quality, such as long age exclusive wines. During the tasting in this intimate and cosy space, the wines are paired with a specific handmade chocolate from famous Portuguese chocolate brand Arcádia. More about Kopke House Wine Tasting.
Caves Calem at Gaia waterfront is one of the most famous and most visited cellars for wine tours in Porto. Visits to Caves Calem include a guided to the cellar and its ancient traditions followed by a tasting of Port Wine, White and Special Reserve. In this tour you can also enjoy another wonder of the Portuguese culture, a fado concert, providing you a different and pleasant evening with two of the greatest icons of the Portuguese culture: wine and fado. More about Caves Cálem Guided Tours & Wine Tasting.
The new Burmester Museum and Wine Cellar is built in a privileged place overlooking the Douro River, besides the historic bridge D. Luis I. It was created with the clear ambition of making the history of the brand Burmester known to the public. The tours at Caves Burmester include a guided visit to the Cellar Museum where you can learn about the peculiarities of Port Wine and ends with tastings of three excellent Port wines paired with the best chocolates. More about Port wine tastings at Caves Burmester.
At Caves Ferreira you travel back to the origins of the Portuguese tradition. In this cellar you will learn more about the history of Port wine and the Douro region and discover one of its most iconic figures – Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. The tour includes tastings of some of the best Douro wines and visits to the Old Bar, a tasting room of the 19th century. More wine tastings tours at Caves Ferreira.
The Croft Cellar is located just a few minutes away from the waterfront in Gaia and is open all year. This cellar offers one of the most genuine and traditional tours to the Port wine world where you can not only taste the best Portuguese wines, but also enjoy many other experiences such blind tastings and chocolate pairings. See all tasting tours at Caves Croft.
Located in Vila Nova de Gaia near the waterfront, at Caves Offley you will learn the fascinating story of the Baron of Forrester and its role in the Port wine industry. In this guided tour through the cellar, there will be wine Port tastings and for small groups of connoisseurs there is also available an intimate visit with a wider selection of Port Wine tastings. Taste some of the best Portuguese wines at Caves Offley.
Caves Sandeman are located in Vila Nova de Gaia, in a 1811 granite building overlooking the river and facing Porto’s historic Centre. At this tour you will discover more about Sandeman’s wine tradition and the ageing process and you will have the opportunity to taste some Ruby and Tawny wines at the contemporary room or in a private room where you can also admire our antique bottle collection. More wine tasting tours at Caves Sandeman.
Real Companhia Velha
Real Companhia Velha is probably the most different wine tasting tour in Porto. With a century-old tradition and the most important role in the history of Port wine, the guided tour of the centennial Cellar of Real Companhia Velha begins with a video that portrays the process of of Port wine -making in the Company. The tour continues across the main ageing warehouse until the “Vintage Museum” and ends with a tasting of Port wines of exceptional quality. See all Port wine tasting tours at Real Companhia Velha.
Espaço Porto Cruz
Espaço Porto Cruz is much more than a wine tasting tour, it is an experience. Designed as a place for information, exhibition and leisure, it offers new experiences around Port wine bringing it together with artistic creations in areas such as fashion, art and gastronomy. Tours at Espaço Porto Cruz include not only wine tastings but also visits to the multimedia Centre, chocolate workshops and chocolate and cheese tastings. See all suggested wine tasting tours at espaço Porto Cruz.
Looking forward to visit these cellars? Book your Port wine tasting tour in Porto and have the time of your life.