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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 

Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

2. Porto: Port and Douro Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the history of port and Douro wine on a guided walking tour of 3 wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the vineyards and wineries of the Douro Valley and enjoy 10 different port and Douro wine tastings with professional commentaries.  Start with a guided tour of an old wine cellar. Sample 3 port wines from their collection and learn about the culture and philosophy of port wine drinking. Continue to the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal to enjoy 4 more tastings. End your day by sampling 4 more wines produced by a family-owned wine brand of the Douro Valley.

From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Depart from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia to see medieval Guimarães and historic center. Guimarães, the so–called Cradle of Portugal is one of the most important Portuguese historical cities, and a historic center considered a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. Spend a beautiful morning in a beautiful place. After lunch, explore historic Braga and the old Cathedral of Sé. Visit the nearby Bom Jesus Sanctuary and experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. After visiting Rome, Archbishop Diogo de Sousa drew a city where the squares and churches were abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

Food and Wine Tour: World's Oldest Port Wine Cave

4. Food and Wine Tour: World's Oldest Port Wine Cave

While Porto might come to mind when you think of Portugal’s famous Port wine, it is actually produced in the region across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. This small coastal city, south of the Douro river, is lined with wine cellars and family-run restaurants serving homemade food. Most Porto visitors only get to explore the wine caves along the riverside, but we will also take you to the untapped food shops off the beaten path. Your day will begin with an espresso and traditional Pastel de Chaves (a pastry from a city northeast of Porto). We will then whisk you off for an exclusive guided tour and wine tasting at the oldest and still-functioning port wine cellar in the world. You’ll see vintage wines dating back to the 18th century and learn about the delicacy of wine tasting as you sample a wide selection of Ports. After a bit of sipping, you’ll be ready for some delicious local food! We will stop at three local neighborhood eateries where you’ll meet the owners and sample classic Portuguese dishes. Enjoy a freshly made Francesinha sandwich, as well as other local favorites paired with wine and beer produced in the region. On your way back, you will stop at Mercado Beira Rio, a local food market where you can eat and enjoy music concerts and art exhibitions. It’s the perfect authentic spot for your last wine tasting of the day.

Porto Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

5. Porto Half-Day Tour - Port Wine Cellars & Cheese Tasting

If you are looking for a tour of the entire city of Porto without spending much time and money, this tour is ideal for you. With your guide you will discover the most iconic and important points of the city while stopping to learn how the famous Port Wine has been realized and matured for so many years. An old city full of contrasts, Porto's historic center is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site where all architectural styles blend in one place. After traveling about the history of the city, time to stop and taste the diversity of Portuguese cheeses through a brief explanation of how they are processed and have become so famous. This tour will not be wasted time if you want to discover a different and authentic Porto.

Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

6. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

7. From Lisbon: 5-Day Private Portugal Tour

Day 1: Lisbon Spend a full day exploring Portugal's charming capital city. Take a guided walking tour and become acquainted with one of Europe's most fascinating cities. With your informative guide, see and learn about some of this city's most famous historical landmarks. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included).   Day 2: Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril On the second day, visit Sintra, the Portuguese Aristocracy paradise and discover the charm of its narrow alleys and the typical shops. Visit a local pastry shop where the famous sweets Queijadas de Sintra and Travesseiros de Sintra will be waiting for you. Then, customize your tour and choose from the many palaces to visit in the area, including Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle Palaçio da Pena. Later, visit the geological formation of Cabo da Roca, also known as "The Snout of the Rock" or "Promontory of the Moon," and marvel at the unimaginable beauty of the area. Next, it's time to explore Cascais, an ancient fisherman village turned beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Return to your hotel in Lisbon and stay overnight (not included). Day 3: Lisbon, Fatima, Coimbra, and Oporto On the third day, escape the bustle of Lisbon and head out to Fatima, where you'll visit three places of interest and attend a mass (optional). Then, make your way to Coimbra and start the tour of the city at the oldest University in Europe. See the highlights including the Joanine library, built in the XVIII century on the grounds of the former prison of the University and marvel at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Then, transfer to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included). Day 4: Oporto and Gaia Start your day tour of Oporto at the central Avenida dos Aliados, a famous spot for celebrations and events. Admire the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Walk around the city center and past the Lello Bookstore with its renowned staircase, known for its link to the Harry Potter series. Then visit Gaia, a hub of the port wine industry where the wine is being aged in hundreds of different cellars. Visit a local winery, where you will be shown the various aspects of winemaking and also taste some of the best wines in the world. At the end of your day, return to your hotel in Oporto and stay overnight (not included) Day 5: Douro Valley Check-out at your hotel in Oporto and take your luggage with you as you will be taken to the airport in Lisbon or Oporto at the end of the day (if desired). The day starts with a visit to Amarante in the Douro Valley, where you can see numerous examples of the Romanesque and medieval buildings. Then, stroll along the S. Gonçalo bridge and enjoy some of the most popular sites of the city, including the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum. Next, head over to the market where you see vendors selling the delicious S. Gonçalo sweets, always a source of curiosity and great laughter due to their phallic appearance.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Super nice guide from the company who brought the history closer. Very exciting to walk through the wine cellars and to be able to see everything on site. The tasting at the end was great!

Great tour and wonderful guide. Also, the history of the port house & the families that have owned the brand were fascinating. Learned a lot.

Superb!! Great guide very knowledgeable and so interesting hearing about the history. Great port samples too.

Very professional and interesting, learnt so much about the production of Porto.

A great guide and three nice visits to Port and Douro wine brands.