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Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Option

1. Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour with Tasting & Pairing Option

Visit the Cockburn’s cellars, also known as ‘lodges’, and discover the most extensive wine cellars in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gai. Located opposite the twin city of Porto across the Douro River, this region is known for its beauty. Take this unique opportunity to watch the dedicated team of coopers disassemble barrels stave by stave for maintenance and then reassemble them. Go inside the sturdy granite walls of the Cockburn’s lodge house which boasts 6,518 seasoned oak barrels of maturing Port and the equivalent of a further 10,056 barrels held in tones and vats. This sizeable and priceless stock provides the basis for the creation of Cockburn’s renowned Ports, including the famous Special Reserve. In this guided tour, you will have an authentic experience of a fully working Port cellar. Start your visit with a trip to the Cellars museum which charts Cockburn’s fascinating 200-year history. A series of exhibits reveal the stories of the families that built Cockburn’s; their planting of vineyards in the Douro Valley and the making of legendary Ports that turned Cockburn's into a world-renowned producer. Your visit continues through the working sections of the buildings where thousands of oak barrels and vats hold Cockburn’s valuable stocks of maturing wines. At this point, you will pass through the longest aging gallery of any Port cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia. Filled with the impressive sight of thousands of barrels, stacked 4 high you'll learn about the importance of maturing Port in seasoned wood as well as the central role of the cooper. In the tasting room, you will enjoy a classic tasting, or if you select the premium tasting option then you will have the following: • Cockburn's Fine White paired with Passion fruit chocolate  • Cockburn's 10 Years old paired with Yuzu cinnamon chocolate • Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Raspberry chocolate 

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What people are saying about Cockburn's Port Lodge

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

I really enjoyed this activity. The tour guide, Manuel, spoke a really good english. The guided tour itself took roughly an hour. We then proceeded to the wine tasting, where he explained all the subtleties of the three wines that were put in front of us as part of the tasting activity, and we stayed there another hour. In the end, I came out pleasantly surprised by how much information we received. Disclaimer: it was my first visit of a Port wine cellar.

Our tour of the Cockburn's cellar was very interesting. We were lucky that there was only one other couple of the tour, so we had plenty of time for questions. The tasting was also good! So much so we bought a bottle of white port to bring home with us.

The guide gave us a very informative tour, on the history and background of the cellar. The tasting came with pairing as well. Chocolates were sooo good, pairing with the port wine which were offered. Value for money!

Really informative and interesting tour. We did port tasting paired with chocolate. 3 gkasses of differnt port paired with delicious chocolates. Good way to spend a couple of hours

A very interesting and enjoyable tour. Well worthwhile.