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

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

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Enjoy a guided visit and premium tasting at Cockburn’s Lodge, the largest Port cellar in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia. See the 6,518 casks of Port and watch a cooper at work.

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Duration 45 minutes - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore Cockburn’s Lodge, the largest Port cellar in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Learn about Cockburn’s fascinating 200-year history
  • Taste Cockburn’s wines, aged in well-seasoned oak casks and vats paired with Chocolate
  • Watch a cooper hard at work wielding mallets
  • Choose between a premium and classic option to suit your taste
Full description
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 
  • Cockburn’s cellars guided tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate pairing (if option selected)
  • Vintage, Classic, or Premium tour (depending on which option is selected)
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Cockburn's Port Lodge If you are arriving by car, meet at: Rua Leonor de Freitas, 225 4431-901 Vila Nova de Gaia

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4.8 /5

based on 76 reviews

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It was a most enjoyable and insightful experience. The presenter, Joanna, was very knowledgeable, lucid and always enthusiastic about answering any questions. The map and explanation of the Douro valley wine growing area was most helpful as well as the impact of climate change on the vineyards. Overall, highly recommended.

June 3, 2022

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.

May 2, 2022

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.

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April 25, 2022

Product ID: 393495