Guided tour

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

From US$ 21.60 per person

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 only open cooperage in Vila Nova de Gaia.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 Gaia. Located opposite the twin city of Porto across the Douro River, this region is known for its beauty. 

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.

On 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:

Classic:

• Cockburn's Special Reserve

• Cockburn's Late Bottle Vintage

• Cockburn's 10 years old 

Premium tasting with chocolate pairing:

• Cockburn's Fine White paired with Passion fruit chocolate 

• Cockburn's 10 Years old paired with Yuzu cinnamon chocolate

• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Raspberry chocolate

Vintage Tasting paired with cheese:

• Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Vintage paired with Sheep Cheese (Nisa dop)

• Cockburn's 2011 Vintage paired with Goat Cheese (Beiralacte)

• Cockburn's 2015 Vintage paired with Cow Cheese (S. Jorge dop)

Super Premium Tour:

• Cockburn's Special Reserve

• Cockburn's 20 years old

• Cockburn's 2011 Vintage

• Tastings in the John H. Smiths room

Includes
  • Vintage, Classic, or Premium experience (depending on option selected)
  • 1-Hour Cockburn’s Cellars tour (all options)
  • Wine tasting (varies depending on option selected)
  • Chocolate pairing (if option selected)
  • Transportation

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 342 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.7/5

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My friend and I had a great time at the Cellar Tour. Unfortunately, I forget the name of our guide but she was very friendly, informative, and kind. We were the only two in our group so we were able to get a better understanding of the port wine-making processes. The tasting at the end was also great!

December 14, 2022

At the entrance you have the opportunity to learn something about the history of the house in a small museum. But you have to read it yourself, because not much will be said about it afterwards. The tour guide was very personable and answered our questions. You will be guided through the large basement. We had booked our tour for 5 p.m. and therefore unfortunately did not see the cooper in person. That was a pity, because a lot of advertising is done with it and it was a bit disappointing for us. But we saw the workshop and it was pretty impressive too. You could also see very old wines (vintage collection). The pearls of the cellar, so to speak. At the end the tasting was in a very nice environment. We had the classic package, with three port wines (Ruby and Towny). Overall a nice experience and highly recommended.

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November 22, 2022

This was the highlight of our visit to Porto! This vintner was awesome and took great strides to provide us with a thorough English tour through out their operation ! Thank you Daniel, you gave this tour with great passion and honor explaining to us foreigners the significance and important of the fortified Porto operation and process! Being from the greatest area for wine and growing of grapes in our California region, you showed us a true example of how vital it is to be informative and sincere on what Port wine means to Porto and the Douro valley. We can learn a lot from the people of Porto and this region and your centuries of port wine making legacy! I am humbled through this experience! Obrigada! A&E California, USA

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October 17, 2022

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