Royal Oporto Wine Company Cellar - Ticket and Guided Visit

Introduction

Discover the secrets of the world-famous Port Wine in the oldest winery in Portugal!

Explore the Real Companhia Velha wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and taste their best Port Wines. Learn about every wine-making tradition and the company's history.

The cherry on top of your visit to the magic city of Porto!

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Highlights

Visit the Port Wine cellars of the oldest wine company in Portugal!

 

Travel through more than 260 years of history of the Real Companhia Velha.

 

Taste the company's best Port Wines in the cellar's historic area.

 

Learn about the Douro Region on a guided tour that will be the highlight or your day!

Key details

LANGUAGE

Portuguese, Spanish, French or English

(Russian, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German - on request)

MEETING POINT

Rua Azevedo Magalhães, Vila Nova de Gaia

SCHEDULES

Daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DURATION

From 45 minutes to 2 hours

Full description

Founded in 1756 by Royal Charter of King D. José I, Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, is the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal.

The centenary cellars of Real Companhia Velha are located in Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite side to Oporto, precisely on the left bank of the Douro river.

These cellars store a vast and unique selection of Tawny Ports – aged in oak barrels -, as well as the family’s private cellar holding over 16.000 rare bottles of Vintage Port, in which the oldest bottle dates back to 1765, preserving the prestige and reputation this house enjoys over 260 years.

Deep in the silence of our cellars, Ports rest in noble oak barrels, an artefact made by the hand of skilled coopers that have worked with the Company for many generations. Asleep in an unique environment, the barrels and vats for Port are lost in time... 10... 20... 100 years...! ... The time necessary for each Port to achieve its exact point of maturation.

The tour begins with a video showing the art of making Port, since its birth in the vineyards of the Douro Valley to its ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour continues to the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the "Vintage Museum" and finishing at our Wine shop or the heart of our historic ageing cellar with a tasting of Ports, which vary according to the selected option.

 

TASTINGS

Classic Tour (45 minutes): Sweet or Dry White, Ruby or Tawny, Rosé Port and an aged 10 Years Old Tawny.

Premium Tour (45 minutes): Sweet or Dry White Port, Late Bottled Vintage, Reserve Tawny and a 20 Years Old Tawny.

Founders Tour (1h30): Sweet or Dry White Port and the 10, 20 and 40 Years Old Tawnies.

Colheitas Tour (2 hours): Selection 4 old Single-Harvest Tawnies.

Vintage Tour (2 hours): Selection of 4 Classic Vintage Ports.

Memories Tour (2 hours): Selection of 3 old Single-Harvest Tawnies and our historic Carvalhas Memories 1867.

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Included

  • Visit to Real Companhia Velha wine cellars.
  • Guided Visit.
  • Port Wine Tasting.
  • Snacks.

Excluded

  • Pick up and drop off.
  • Meals.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Extras.

Cancelation rules

Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Covid-19 measures

Reviews

Royal Oporto Wine Company Cellar
We were in other wineries on the banks of the River and we were great, but how are you! After arriving by subway to Gaia and walking a few meters on foot to the entrance, we were surprised at the majesty of these wineries. The security person at the door greeted us kindly and accompanied us to the reception. They put us a video and then showed us part of the winery, with their respective explanations. The guide, Ishmael, was very much in the matter. Tasting very well, delicious wines!
Michael Daniels
great tour
We went on tour, and despite the fact that, despite being in Portuguese and English, the guide (of Polish origin) made an effort to give us a synthesis in English, which we greatly appreciated.  Visiting the private wine cellar with secular wines and explaining the "ritual" of uncorking is a master oenology lesson. I advise that if you are a couple, choose a different classic / premium visit option, you can taste more variety of wines. The duration of the visit is over 1 hour. With the entrance, they offer another for the museum, Enoteca, owner of the winery.
Russell P.
Schöne zeit
Wir haben uns für das Premiun-Paket entschieden und ich empfehle es! Verkostung von 4 Qualitätshäfen mit einem, der von unserem Führer angeboten wird. Wir wurden wie Königinnen behandelt. Darüber hinaus gibt dieses Paket das Recht, ihr Museum in der Nähe der Docks mit einer weiteren Verkostung zu besuchen! Unschlagbarer Qualitätspreis, es ist das älteste Haus von Porto und es ist den Umweg wert!!
Lena Beich

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