In an old wine cellar, half a dozen extra large brown oak barrels stand upright in a line down the right side, each on a white wooden base. Dozens of smaller oak barrels lie stacked on their side down the left side of the image.

Port Wine Tasting in Porto

Wine tasting in Porto, Portugal, is a must-do on any trip to the beautiful city of Porto because it’s the home of port wine. While in Porto this month, I visited a number of port wine caves and put together a comprehensive guide of the wineries in Porto and what’s available to visit and (most importantly) to taste. It was a lot of fun (as you can imagine!), so I hope you can make good use of my research.

A view across the Douro River from Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia where the signs for the various port wine houses are displayed above the buildings.
Port houses across the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia

Port wine – or just port, for short – is a deliciously sweet fortified wine that is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. Although it is usually red in colour (called ruby or tawny), it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white. Port is often enjoyed after dinner – as a digestif – and can be served with dessert, fruit, or chocolate. The dry, semi-dry, and white varieties can be served as an aperitif and paired with cheeses. Until recently I’d never been a particularly ‘port-y’ person, but after being in Porto, it’s hard not to love it. Now, if I really had to choose a favourite, I’d probably choose an aged tawny port.

The port wine houses in Porto are mostly found just over the Douro River – so actually located Vila Nova de Gaia. It’s a short walk over the Dom Luis I bridge to Gaia (or an even shorter Uber ride!), so they’re all very easy to get to. I listed them in alphabetical order for your ease of reference, and tried to be impartial in my comments (but I’m not sure I succeeded!). Are you ready to go port wine tasting in Porto?

Port Wine – Fun Fact:

Did you know that only fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley, Portugal, is allowed to be called port?
In the same way that only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called ‘champagne’!

Bom Dia (Quinta do Bom Dia) Port Wine Tasting in Porto

Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandez, 54 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Boutique port house owned and operated by two Portuguese sisters. The estate only produces 25,000 bottles each year (as opposed to the one million bottles produced annually by some of the big estates) and they only use the grapes grown on their own small estate in the Douro valley.

I was really impressed with the quality of Bom Dia’s port wine – so much so that I bought a bottle of their 20 year tawny port to take home! 🙂

Burmester

Largo Dom Luís I – Vila Nova de Gaia
Part of the Sogevinus group, Burmester sits a prime location right next to the Dom Luis I Bridge (on the Vila Nova de Gaia side) so it’s very easily accessible. They run tasting tours in several languages daily.

Calém

Avenida de Diogo Leite, 344 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Also part of the Sogevinus group, the Calém tasting tour is only half an hour and includes a visit to their interactive museum which is fun. The tastings are (usually) in their large main tasting room and are light-hearted and fairly informal. I think this is probably where I’d choose to go if I was with a group of friends – it’s got great ‘friends’ vibes 🙂

churchill’s

Rua da Fonte Nova, 5 – Vila Nova de Gaia 
I was interested to visit Churchill’s – for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s another relatively new port wine house (and by ‘new’ I mean about 40 years old!). And secondly because it started as an offshoot of Graham’s – albeit much smaller.

cockburn

Rua Serpa Pinto, 346 – Vila Nova de Gaia
This is one of the largest port wine caves in the area. It has a great reputation, but I didn’t get to Cockburn this time. (There are only so many port wine tasting tours one can do!) However, it’s certainly on my “to do” list for next time. Have you been?

Ferreira Port Tasting

Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Part of the Sogrape group.
Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, often referred to in Portugal as “Ferreirinha” – a term of endearment – was a Portuguese heiress and business woman. She was ahead of her time in terms of the cultivation of port wine, as well as for innovations she brought to the port wine industry in Portugal. Furthermore, Ferreirinha was well known and respected by colleagues and employees alike because of the kindness and compassion shown to the working families who farmed her vineyards. Given that it was the mid-1800s, kindness to employees was also a concept ahead of her time. 

Ferreira’s tasting room in Porto is over 250 years old and visitors start the tour in the on-site museum learning about Ferreirinha and seeing some of her personal and professional items.  

Ferreira was one of the cellar caves that The Husband and I visited while we were in Porto in mid-2024 and we were impressed with every aspect of the tour – from the easy booking process, to the tour itself including the museum and tasting room, and the quality of the port wines we tasted. Of course, we bought a bottle to take home!

In an old wine cellar, half a dozen extra large brown oak barrels stand upright in a line down the right side, each on a white wooden base. Dozens of smaller oak barrels lie stacked on their side down the left side of the image.
Port wine aging in Ferreira’s oak barrels

Graham’s

Rua do Agro, 141 – Vila Nova de Gaia
A trip to Graham’s port museum and tasting room on a guided tour of the cellar caves is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon – but make sure you book in advance! Graham’s port lodge is very popular – especially in summer – and not least because of their spectacular views over pretty Porto.

Kopke

Avenida Diogo Leite, 312 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Part of the Sogevinus group and the oldest port wine house, established in 1638.

The Kopke tasting room is both bright and intimate, and you can taste their scrumptious white and tawny port – with chocolate! It truly doesn’t get much better than that. If you want a gift to take home to someone special, a bottle of Kopke will be perfect.

Poças

Rua Visconde das Devesas, 168 – Vila Nova de Gaia
A Portuguese family business that includes some personal touches in their winery and port house tasting tours. Poças produce a really lovely aged tawny, as well as white and ruby. This was one of my favourites 🙂

Quevedo

Rua de Santa Marinha, 77 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Quevedo is relatively new port wine house that is operated by a pair of Portuguese brothers, but they occupy a cellar space that is a couple of centuries old. Their take on port feels modern and fresh, while maintaining the high standards of history.

Quevedo doesn’t run guided tours as such, but you can book to spend an hour with a guide in the bar/ restaurant and they will take you through their range of port. You can ask any questions you like, and it’s a really intimate and special opportunity for some one-on-one time with an expert.

Alternatively, take a seat in the bar area and order drinks by the glass – with some snacks!

Seven light brown wine barrels lie stacked in the foreground, each marked 20, 30, or 40 years old. In the background are tables and chairs in a wine bar with low hanging lights.
Queveda’s cosy wine bar

Ramos Pinto

Avenida Ramos Pinto, no. 400 – Vila Nova de Gaia
I didn’t visit Ramos Pinto – I ran out of time! – but I believe there is a port museum, cellar, and port wine tasting tours. If you visit, I’d be very keen to hear how you go.

Real Companhia Velha

Rua Azevedo Magalhães, 314 – Vila Nova de Gaia
This is one of Porto’s premier wineries with a history that spans more than 250 years. It’s over 1km away from most of the other port wineries (up hill!), but if you’re in a Uber or taxi it’s not a problem. Either way, it’s well worth the effort to get there because the port wine is fabulous.

Sandeman

Larga Miguel Bombarda 3 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Another Sogrape port house and one of Porto’s most popular port wine houses – notable because of its iconic ‘masked man’ logo. Sandeman offers tastings of tawny, ruby, and white port, as well as brandy and Madeira wines.

Alternatively, you can sit out on their lovely sunny patio and order food and drinks. It’s a lovely spot to watch the world go by as you gaze over the Douro River and Porto. Port wine tasting in Porto doesn’t get much better than that!

Taylor’s

Rua do Choupelo, 250 – Vila Nova de Gaia
Founded in the late 1600s, it’s one of the oldest Porto wine houses in the Douro region. In Australia, Taylor’s is extremely popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Here you can taste Taylor’s tawny and classic vintage ports and I loved them all (perhaps because they were familiar to me?).

A grid collage of all the various port wine house logos in Porto featuring 36 logos in all.
Port wine tasting options!

I loved the experience of port wine tasting in Porto – in the beating heart of port wine country! I hope my guide helps you to choose which port estates to visit on your holiday. And please let me know how you go. Cheers!

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