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Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

1. Porto: Cockburn’s Cellar Tour Classic or Pairing Option

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. In 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)

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4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Super nice guide from the company who brought the history closer. Very exciting to walk through the wine cellars and to be able to see everything on site. The tasting at the end was great!

Great tour and wonderful guide. Also, the history of the port house & the families that have owned the brand were fascinating. Learned a lot.

A very in depth tour of how port is made, the amazing house and the tasting was brilliant. Would highly recommend!

Superb!! Great guide very knowledgeable and so interesting hearing about the history. Great port samples too.

Very professional and interesting, learnt so much about the production of Porto.