Best wine cellars in Porto
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Those who go to Porto already know: you can not leave without crossing the Douro River and visiting one (or some) of the Port wine cellars that make the region famous. Exactly the region, not the city itself, because, although the wine is "from Porto", the cellars are in Vila Nova de Gaia, the neighboring town that you can access by foot, by metro or by bike, just across the Ponte D. Louis. For an amazing stay in Porto we offer you the most elegant Luxury Apartments that we have distributed throughout the city so you can enjoy comfort, design and security that BE APARTMENT provides you.
1) Taylor's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
During the visit, which lasts approximately 40 minutes and costs 5 euros, it is possible to get to know a little bit more about the history of Port wine and also about the trajectory of Taylor's wine cellars during the last four centuries. The visit is closed with a wine tasting. Be sure to visit the gardens, the shop and the terrace to enjoy a privileged view of Porto. We also recommend a lunch at the attached Baron Fladgate restaurant, which serves a simply divine portugués cod.
Quevedo is a basement that offers Port wine tasting as a courtesy for those who buy tickets for the Gaia cable car or a boat trip by Douro river. At Quevedo you can taste Port wine in many variations, as well as try some Portuguese food. You can also listen to fado, a beautiful portugues music. In the lower hall there is a permanent exhibition telling how Port wine is being produced there.
3) Porto Cruz.
This is a fancy luxury place in Gaia. The modern building stands out at the Douro river. You go in and then you realize that there are no aging wine barrels or anything of the sort there. Porto Cruz has a fabulous and inviting rooftop and a restaurant where you can taste some Port wine and enjoy the panoramic view of Porto.
This wine cellar is in the middle of a slope. There is a small vineyard with two picnic tables. The cellar gives you the possibility to order a basket of Portuguese delicacies and spend a few hours there eating and drinking. Cockburn's main lounge is a huge shed with décor that goes back to the family farm and you can also eat there. There are also guided tours in different languages.
5) Porto Ferreira.
One of the most traditional cellars in Porto, known by its owner, Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. A woman of unique personality, who became a reference and a symbol of the region in the XIX century. With over than 250 years of history, Porto Ferreira is known for its high quality Port wine. Its wine cellar is one of the last of the river of Gaia and therefore attracts the locals, not only the tourists. The visit counts beyond the history of the cellar, the history of Port wine, since Antónia Ferreira influenced the expansion and export of this delicacy to the world. In addition to the wine barrels, there is also a small museum with centennial items used in the production and the "Room of the Belongings of Dona Antónia". By the end of the tour, it is possible to try 2 types of Port Wine.