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WOW Porto - The Best Cultural District, Porto

WOW Porto - The Best Cultural District, Porto: Our most recommended tours and activities

Porto: Combined Ticket for WOW Cultural District

1. Porto: Combined Ticket for WOW Cultural District

WOW is a cultural district, assembling museums, restaurants and experiences in a common space in Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the Douro River. See more of what WOW has to offer with this combined ticket. You'll get to decide which museums to visit directly on site (no advance decision required!) and you'll be saving money too! From cork to wine, passing through chocolate or drinking vessels, WOW has museums for all tastes. In addition to museums, we also have various F&B outlets where you can rest and indulge on delicious food and drinks, with breath-taking views over Porto! Museums: • The Wine Experience. Demystify the world of wine. Discover how wine is made, understand which wines you prefer and why, and learn about Portugal’s diverse wine regions. Includes tasting of 3 wines (red, white, and port wine). • The Chocolate Story. A journey through the world of chocolate from its origins as cocoa, through harvest to the final lip-smacking product. Spoiler alert: there may be tasting opportunities! • Planet Cork. Did you know that Portugal produces around 40 million corks a day? Discover the potential of cork and the incredible versatility of this 100% natural and sustainable product. • Porto Region Across the Ages. Celebrates the city of Porto: its history and heritage, culture, and people. Houses a full-size replica of the iconic city tram. • The Bridge Collection. An extraordinary journey through time, from the earliest civilization to the present day, told uniquely through drinking vessels. • The Pink Palace. A fun and flamboyant experience that immerses visitors in the world of Rosé wine. Includes 5 Rosé wine tastings.

Porto: The Wine Experience Entry Ticket & Tasting at WOW

2. Porto: The Wine Experience Entry Ticket & Tasting at WOW

Uncork your wine-expert potential at the largest single exhibit on wine in the world. Dedicated to both amateur and experienced wine enthusiasts alike, The Wine Experience aims to demystify wine for all. Join us on a voyage of discovery which explains how wine is made and how environment, climate and grape variety have a defining effect on wine. From root and vine to grape and glass, discover how various processes combine to make one of the most iconic beverages in the world. And from North to South, as well as the islands of Azores and Madeira, explore the richness and diversity of the wine-producing regions of Portugal. End your experience with a tasting session of 3 different wines. With the help of our Wine Experts, learn how to taste wine, and how to evaluate and understand its notes and main characteristics. An emblematic expression of culture, rooted in 7,000 years of history and tradition, the Wine Experience at WOW is an exceptional journey that will leave you with increased knowledge and confidence in choosing wine, no matter the occasion!

Wine Cellar Tour & Tastings + Magic Train + Bridges Cruise

3. Wine Cellar Tour & Tastings + Magic Train + Bridges Cruise

Discover Real Companhia Velha, one of the oldest and most prestigious wine cellars in Porto. Located in the picturesque Vila Nova de Gaia district, just across the Douro River, this wine cellar offers a truly unique and authentic experience that is not to be missed. Join us on a guided tour and dive into the rich history and culture of Port wine-making. Our expert guides will provide fascinating insights and interesting anecdotes into the traditions and techniques that make these wines so special. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy two of the finest Port Wines that are available at this delightful winery. An expert will guide you on your tasting experience through the complex flavors and nuances of Port wine, teaching you about the various styles and blends, and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have along the way. After the wine tour, hop on the Magic Train Tour, which departs every 60 minutes from the Sé Catedral and takes you on a journey around the city center. With an audio guide available in multiple languages, you'll see the most important monuments, including St. Johns Theater, the Famous Batalha Square, Aliados Avenue, Clerigos Tower, Carmelitas Church, and more. Conclude your experience by embarking on an exciting self-guided walking tour of the Vila Nova de Gaia district. During this tour, you will have the chance to explore numerous other renowned wine cellars while immersing yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Port wine. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the city from the hilltops, and take some of the best selfies of your life.

Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket & Tasting at WOW

4. Porto: Pink Palace Entry Ticket & Tasting at WOW

Prepare for an exaggerated, flamboyant, and bright experience that immerses visitors into the world of Rosé. Explore the eleven rooms and enjoy a sensory experience that will teach you everything there is to know about Rosé, shattering a series of myths about this style of wine, in an engaging, attractive and memorable way. Learn about the different types of Rosé, produced by grapes grown in different regions and climates around the world, and its range of winemaking techniques. Throughout the experience, discover the beverage's versatility by tasting 5 different Rosés: Quinta do Vale do Bragão Rosé, AIX Gran Vin de Provence Rosé, Mateus Rosé, Vértice Rosé Bruto, and Croft Pink Rosé Port. Take selfies and creative photos throughout the museum and enjoy an interactive journey into the history and contemporary production of rosé. Diving into a pool of pink balls or getting into a big, charming Cadillac, Hollywood style, everything is possible inside the Pink Palace!

Porto: The Chocolate Story Entry Ticket at WOW

5. Porto: The Chocolate Story Entry Ticket at WOW

Embark on a sensory journey around the extraordinary world of chocolate. From cacao plantations to modern chocolate manufacturing processes, see, taste and smell the history of chocolate and its transformation from bean to bar. Travel 5,000 years and discover the origins of cacao as a sacred drink from the gods in Central America. Then, follow its path to Europe, moving from liquid cacao to the chocolate we know and love today. Throughout this interactive experience, learn about cocoa farming and the entire production process of chocolate. Understand the specifications of the cacao fruit and plant, and its origins and varieties. You'll even get to taste raw cacao! Deepen your understanding of the role of chocolate in popular culture and society, learning about the history of advertising, packaging and factory production. Finally, encounter a fully operating chocolate factory in action, and watch, in real time, the transformation of cacao into our award-winning chocolate, having the opportunity to taste the final product!

THE DYNAMIC EYE - A TATE COLLECTION | Atkinson Museum

6. THE DYNAMIC EYE - A TATE COLLECTION | Atkinson Museum

The Atkinson Museum, located in the WOW Cultural District will host an exhibition from the TATE Collection – The Dynamic Eye: Beyond Optical and Kinetic Art – From the 4th of July. TATE At the heart of TATE is its collection of art, which includes British art and international modern art. Featuring the largest number of works to travel from TATE to Portugal, this exhibition marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with TATE. THE DYNAMIC EYE COLLECTION Artists associated with Optical and Kinetic art see the viewer not as a passive spectator, but as an activity participant, engaging with art in real time and space. Artists combine simple lines, geometric shapes, and eye-popping colour to create optical effects and illusions. Their works trigger complex visual sensations, activated by the viewer, and intensified by the inclusion of kinetic parts that create real or perceived movements- Such works challenge our sense of perception, encouraging us to move around the work, interact, engage and look closely. Bringing together more than 60 artists from all over the world, the exhibition includes works by major figures – Victor Vasarely, Julio Le Parc, Frank Stella, Lygia Clark, Alexander Calder, Naum Gabo, and Liliane Lijn.

The Wine School: Demystify Wine Workshop and Tasting

7. The Wine School: Demystify Wine Workshop and Tasting

Discover the magic of wine at The Wine School, with our Demystify Wine workshops. From the basic concepts of wine, to how to create the perfect pairing between wine and chocolate, our experts are here to help you deepen your knowledge about one of the most iconic beverages in the world, through an unforgettable workshop with a theme of your choosing: 1. How to Taste Wine: explore the basic concepts surrounding wine. Learn how to taste it, terms commonly used to describe it and how to feel more confident choosing wine. 2. Uncorking Port Wine: learn about the magic of Port Wine, and discover its origin, how it's made, and what makes it one of the most exquisite beverages in the world. 3. Portuguese Wine Regions: discover Portugal through its wine. Learn about 5 different portuguese wine regions and its specifications in terms of climate, soil and main grape varieties, through tasting wines from these territories. 4. Wine Pairing with 20|20 Chocolate: understand the key elements of a perfect pairing between wine and chocolate. Includes the tasting of 5 chocolates from our brand 20|20. All classes include a tasting of 5 different wines, and are available everyday from 11:00am until 06:30pm. You can choose the theme of your workshop on the spot, no prior decision required.

Porto: Planet Cork Entry Ticket at WOW

8. Porto: Planet Cork Entry Ticket at WOW

The Planet Cork museum explores Portugal’s title as the largest producer of cork on the planet. An entertaining and educational walk-through, the Planet Cork expands our understanding of tradition, the multiple ways cork improves our lives and the vast potential this material has in the modern world. Planet Cork explores Portugal’s title as the largest producer of cork on the planet with 50% of global production and thousands of hectares of forest. The bark of the tree, harvested for centuries, is a process largely unchanged since Roman times. See the cork tree and its various locations around the world, and understand how cork is grown and harvested before being transformed into a myriad of surprising and varied applications. Discover how cork forests support many different species of wildlife, insects and microorganisms beneficial to the planet, and that cork production is a rare example of a carbon negative industry. An age-old method for stopping bottles, from architecture to car engines, and even the space shuttle, cork is an efficient natural technology, the characteristics of which are impossible to replicate with manmade materials. Visit us at WOW, The Best Cultural District in Gaia Porto for a day full of fun, exploration and discovery.

Porto: The Bridge Collection Entry Ticket at WOW

9. Porto: The Bridge Collection Entry Ticket at WOW

Through an extraordinary array of over 2,000 drinking vessels and glasses dating from as early as 6,000 BC, take an unforgettable journey through time and learn about the history of mankind. Traverse the ages and admire countless rare and priceless pieces formerly owned by emperors and moguls, popes and princes. Learn about their stories and functions, and the customs and traditions they reveal. Understand how they reflect the society and wealth of the owner, and their role in daily use, festivities, rituals and ceremonies. Containing artefacts from the First Civilisations, to the Roman Empire, to the Industrial Revolution, The Bridge Collection at WOW is the most extensive private collection of drinking vessels in Portugal and one of few in the world.

Porto: Porto Region Across The Ages Entry Ticket at WOW

10. Porto: Porto Region Across The Ages Entry Ticket at WOW

Discover Porto, the birth of a nation and a 1,000 years of history. Experience PRATA, our audio-visual immersive journey that tells the story of Porto and the region through the ages. Entertaining and educational, it is an essential first stop for anyone wishing to understand the city, the surrounding area and its influence. See how, for over a millennium, Porto and the surrounding region has been one of the most stimulating places to live. Discover how the city of Porto gave its name to a nation, before projecting Portugal through global exploration and trade and more recently becoming a world wine capital. It has seen famine, boom and bust. However, come what may, it has always kept alive the spirit of its people. Understand how the Portuguese nation was born on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, source of trading and industrial dynamism, before exploring key cultural milestones that embrace royalty, religion, politics and the crusades. Visit us at WOW, The Best Cultural District in Gaia Porto for a day full of fun, exploration and discovery.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 57 reviews

The team´s knowledge and wine offering was incredible. I´ve had similar experiences in France and Spain at twice the price. I highly recommend this experience to ANYONE that wishes to explore and learn Portuguese Wines and its regions. The space is incredible, we had our wine on the balcony overlooking Porto and the Luis I Bridge. 10/10. Already booked my next session!

Very enjoyable and informative experience thoughtfully planned out our group thoroughly enjoyed this educational and cultural experience. Excellent venue all round too. David

Maravilhosa a experiência, Diego foi quem me atendeu e com certeza é um especialista no assunto vinhos ! Vale super a pena ir, ainda mais se estiver chovendo na cidade !

It was a great experience, for all the family. Learned a bunch of new stuff that I didn´t imagined. I definitely recommend!

Very great and fun experience through the journey of the rosé wine.