Porto’s port wine lodges opened their doors to visitors in the 1960s and have since become the city’s most sought-after attraction.
There are over 50 of them (not all open to visitors), and most of them stand on the Gaia hillside with their world-famous names in giant neon signs (names such as Sandeman, Graham, Taylor’s, and Cockburn will especially be familiar to the British).
They offer free guided tours and tastings, explaining the winemaking and storage process, as well as the origin and characteristics of the wine.
Sandeman is perhaps the most accessible, as it stands right on the riverfront, but Taylor’s is also recommended for the fantastic views.
Sample the different types of port: the aperitif, dry white, amber-colored tawny, rich ruby and vintage.
See our choices below, and for all about Porto’s wine lodges, see www.cavesvinhodoporto.com.
Avenida Diogo Leite 344
22 374 6660
Av. Ramos Pinto, 70
223 746 107
22 377 6330
Rua Rei Ramiro, 514
Rua Serpa Pinto,149
22 377 1720
Av. Ramos Pinto, 400
22 370 7000
Largo Miguel Bombarda, 3, Cais de Gaia
22 374 0553
Rua do Choupelo 250
22 374 2800