Guided tour

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

From US$ 14.39 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 45 minutes - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
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)

Includes
  • Cockburn’s cellars guided tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate pairing (if option selected)
  • Vintage, Classic, or Premium tour (depending on which option is selected)
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Cockburn's Port Lodge If you are arriving by car, meet at: Rua Leonor de Freitas, 225 4431-901 Vila Nova de Gaia

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 207 reviews

Review summary

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    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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Perfect!! Guide speaks perfect French and has a lot of knowledge about the manufacturing process. The cellars are huge and it is also an opportunity to taste a port which is not marketed in France and which is very good. Highly recommend this tour over a bigger name crowded with far more tourists.

August 19, 2022

The guide Isabel spoke beautiful Italian and was very personable and empathetic as well as super competent! The visit was interesting and listening to the history of the cockburn's family very fascinating .. even the children of 6 and 9 years old followed the guide's story carefully! Very nice final tasting, Isabel was helpful beyond all expectations and never detached herself from the group! Neat and clean environment even the super clean and fragrant bathrooms! highly recommended!

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August 13, 2022

The tour was done by Guide speaking native English which helped a lot to understand everything. The tour was impressive, very informative and the port wines we tasted at the end were the best we had in Porto. Before this we did the tour at Burmester already, which was okay, but just as good as Cockburn's.

August 13, 2022

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