The Birthplace of Port: Three Night Port Wine Tasting Getaway for Two in Oporto

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The Birthplace of Port: Three Night Port Wine Tasting Getaway for Two in Oporto

Oporto, Portugal

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“The birthplace of port, it’s a long-running mecca for wine aficionados” Lonely Planet

Why we love it

The city of Oporto, built in the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, is a colourful 2,000 year old UNESCO World Heritage city, with a modern cosmopolitan personality. Venturing into riverside wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, you will discover a new love for the city’s most famous export, Port.

What's Included?

  • Three nights accommodation at a 5-star hotel in central Oporto for two
  • Experience innovative dining with a wine pairing and a Port cocktail each at Espaço Porto Cruz
  • Tour the world's most prestigious Port cellars at Taylor’s, tasting three of their finest wines
  • Learn about Port during an interactive tasting at the Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Since the 17th century, wines from Oporto have made the journey up the Douro River from the Marão Mountains, where Port is still made today. These robust, full-bodied wines have been a particular favourite of the English since Charles II restricted French wine imports at the end of the 17th century. By the early 1800’s, many port merchants had set up shop on the banks of the Douro. Today, the wine remains a symbol of British merchant and naval history.

In Vila Nova de Gaia, discover the blend of old and new that defines the city of Oporto. The Espaço Porto Cruz’s walls may be centuries old but its modern interior offers a multi-sensory experience based around Port wine: interactive multi-touch tables, short educational films, wine shop, exhibitions and tasting room. Espaço Porto Cruz even won Best of Wine Tourism 2014 in the category of “Innovative Experiences in Wine Tourism”. In the third floor restaurant, De Castro Gaia, savour a gastronomic experience with Douro and Port wines, under the direction of Chef Miguel Castro e Silva. Enjoy a wine pairing with dinner, finishing on the terrace with Port Wine cocktails, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama view of the old city of Oporto.

Stepping backward in time, visiting the Real Companhia Velha (Royal Oporto), established in 1756 by royal charter and recognised as one of the first official port wine producers in the Douro Valley. Real Companhia Velha’s ports are famous in this region for their quality; port wine from the 1867 harvest is still bottled by special request and currently sells for around €1000 a bottle.

On a private tour of the centennial cellar at Real Companhia Velha, walk through the ageing warehouse process and on into the Vintage Museum. Shrouded in thick cobwebs and coated in ‘angels' share’ (a thick black coating of evaporated spirit), the museum houses an extensive collection of port wine paraphernalia and a bottle of Real’s oldest port dating back to 1765. Finish with a tasting of young Port wines; a Dry or Lágrima Ruby or Tawny and an aged Tawny 10yo and aged Tawny 40yo.

End your wine weekend at Taylor’s, renowned as one of the oldest and best Port wine producers since 1692. The popular English merchant holds the benchmark for Vintage Port by wine authorities.

Taylor’s invites you on an informative tour of its famous cellars and lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. During your visit, learn about the fascinating history of Taylor’s Port wine at the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century. Finish in the elegant Library Room for a tasting of three Port wines, including a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) and a Tawny 10yo.

Description

Since the 17th century, wines from Oporto have made the journey up the Douro River from the Marão Mountains, where Port is still made today. These robust, full-bodied wines have been a particular favourite of the English since Charles II restricted French wine imports at the end of the 17th century. By the early 1800’s, many port merchants had set up shop on the banks of the Douro. Today, the wine remains a symbol of British merchant and naval history.

In Vila Nova de Gaia, discover the blend of old and new that defines the city of Oporto. The Espaço Porto Cruz’s walls may be centuries old but its modern interior offers a multi-sensory experience based around Port wine: interactive multi-touch tables, short educational films, wine shop, exhibitions and tasting room. Espaço Porto Cruz even won Best of Wine Tourism 2014 in the category of “Innovative Experiences in Wine Tourism”. In the third floor restaurant, De Castro Gaia, savour a gastronomic experience with Douro and Port wines, under the direction of Chef Miguel Castro e Silva. Enjoy a wine pairing with dinner, finishing on the terrace with Port Wine cocktails, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama view of the old city of Oporto.

Stepping backward in time, visiting the Real Companhia Velha (Royal Oporto), established in 1756 by royal charter and recognised as one of the first official port wine producers in the Douro Valley. Real Companhia Velha’s ports are famous in this region for their quality; port wine from the 1867 harvest is still bottled by special request and currently sells for around €1000 a bottle.

On a private tour of the centennial cellar at Real Companhia Velha, walk through the ageing warehouse process and on into the Vintage Museum. Shrouded in thick cobwebs and coated in ‘angels' share’ (a thick black coating of evaporated spirit), the museum houses an extensive collection of port wine paraphernalia and a bottle of Real’s oldest port dating back to 1765. Finish with a tasting of young Port wines; a Dry or Lágrima Ruby or Tawny and an aged Tawny 10yo and aged Tawny 40yo.

End your wine weekend at Taylor’s, renowned as one of the oldest and best Port wine producers since 1692. The popular English merchant holds the benchmark for Vintage Port by wine authorities.

Taylor’s invites you on an informative tour of its famous cellars and lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. During your visit, learn about the fascinating history of Taylor’s Port wine at the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century. Finish in the elegant Library Room for a tasting of three Port wines, including a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) and a Tawny 10yo.

Additional Information

This experience must be booked within 6 months of purchase, but you can choose to go any time within 1 year.

Suggested Itinerary:

  • Day one: Arrival and check-in to the hotel followed by dinner at De Castro Gaia Restaurant
  • Day two: Tour the world's most prestigious Port cellars at Taylor’s, tasting three of their finest wines
  • Day three: Learn about Port during an interactive tasting at the Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum
  • Day four: Check-out and departure home

Other Useful Details:

Bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee the desired dates

Hotel options will depend on the travel dates, a choice will be provided by your Truly concierge at the time of booking request.

This experience is not available on bank holidays and other special occasion days such as Valentine’s Day.

Recommended travel days are between April and October. Please request specific travel dates and reservation times with your Truly concierge.

Additional Information

This experience must be booked within 6 months of purchase, but you can choose to go any time within 1 year.

Suggested Itinerary:

  • Day one: Arrival and check-in to the hotel followed by dinner at De Castro Gaia Restaurant
  • Day two: Tour the world's most prestigious Port cellars at Taylor’s, tasting three of their finest wines
  • Day three: Learn about Port during an interactive tasting at the Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum
  • Day four: Check-out and departure home

Other Useful Details:

Bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee the desired dates

Hotel options will depend on the travel dates, a choice will be provided by your Truly concierge at the time of booking request.

This experience is not available on bank holidays and other special occasion days such as Valentine’s Day.

Recommended travel days are between April and October. Please request specific travel dates and reservation times with your Truly concierge.

What's Included?

  • Three nights accommodation at a 5-star hotel in central Oporto for two
  • Experience innovative dining with a wine pairing and a Port cocktail each at Espaço Porto Cruz
  • Tour the world's most prestigious Port cellars at Taylor’s, tasting three of their finest wines
  • Learn about Port during an interactive tasting at the Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Why we love it

The city of Oporto, built in the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, is a colourful 2,000 year old UNESCO World Heritage city, with a modern cosmopolitan personality. Venturing into riverside wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, you will discover a new love for the city’s most famous export, Port. Read full description

Description

Since the 17th century, wines from Oporto have made the journey up the Douro River from the Marão Mountains, where Port is still made today. These robust, full-bodied wines have been a particular favourite of the English since Charles II restricted French wine imports at the end of the 17th century. By the early 1800’s, many port merchants had set up shop on the banks of the Douro. Today, the wine remains a symbol of British merchant and naval history.

In Vila Nova de Gaia, discover the blend of old and new that defines the city of Oporto. The Espaço Porto Cruz’s walls may be centuries old but its modern interior offers a multi-sensory experience based around Port wine: interactive multi-touch tables, short educational films, wine shop, exhibitions and tasting room. Espaço Porto Cruz even won Best of Wine Tourism 2014 in the category of “Innovative Experiences in Wine Tourism”. In the third floor restaurant, De Castro Gaia, savour a gastronomic experience with Douro and Port wines, under the direction of Chef Miguel Castro e Silva. Enjoy a wine pairing with dinner, finishing on the terrace with Port Wine cocktails, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama view of the old city of Oporto.

Stepping backward in time, visiting the Real Companhia Velha (Royal Oporto), established in 1756 by royal charter and recognised as one of the first official port wine producers in the Douro Valley. Real Companhia Velha’s ports are famous in this region for their quality; port wine from the 1867 harvest is still bottled by special request and currently sells for around €1000 a bottle.

On a private tour of the centennial cellar at Real Companhia Velha, walk through the ageing warehouse process and on into the Vintage Museum. Shrouded in thick cobwebs and coated in ‘angels' share’ (a thick black coating of evaporated spirit), the museum houses an extensive collection of port wine paraphernalia and a bottle of Real’s oldest port dating back to 1765. Finish with a tasting of young Port wines; a Dry or Lágrima Ruby or Tawny and an aged Tawny 10yo and aged Tawny 40yo.

End your wine weekend at Taylor’s, renowned as one of the oldest and best Port wine producers since 1692. The popular English merchant holds the benchmark for Vintage Port by wine authorities.

Taylor’s invites you on an informative tour of its famous cellars and lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. During your visit, learn about the fascinating history of Taylor’s Port wine at the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century. Finish in the elegant Library Room for a tasting of three Port wines, including a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) and a Tawny 10yo.

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Description

Since the 17th century, wines from Oporto have made the journey up the Douro River from the Marão Mountains, where Port is still made today. These robust, full-bodied wines have been a particular favourite of the English since Charles II restricted French wine imports at the end of the 17th century. By the early 1800’s, many port merchants had set up shop on the banks of the Douro. Today, the wine remains a symbol of British merchant and naval history.

In Vila Nova de Gaia, discover the blend of old and new that defines the city of Oporto. The Espaço Porto Cruz’s walls may be centuries old but its modern interior offers a multi-sensory experience based around Port wine: interactive multi-touch tables, short educational films, wine shop, exhibitions and tasting room. Espaço Porto Cruz even won Best of Wine Tourism 2014 in the category of “Innovative Experiences in Wine Tourism”. In the third floor restaurant, De Castro Gaia, savour a gastronomic experience with Douro and Port wines, under the direction of Chef Miguel Castro e Silva. Enjoy a wine pairing with dinner, finishing on the terrace with Port Wine cocktails, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama view of the old city of Oporto.

Stepping backward in time, visiting the Real Companhia Velha (Royal Oporto), established in 1756 by royal charter and recognised as one of the first official port wine producers in the Douro Valley. Real Companhia Velha’s ports are famous in this region for their quality; port wine from the 1867 harvest is still bottled by special request and currently sells for around €1000 a bottle.

On a private tour of the centennial cellar at Real Companhia Velha, walk through the ageing warehouse process and on into the Vintage Museum. Shrouded in thick cobwebs and coated in ‘angels' share’ (a thick black coating of evaporated spirit), the museum houses an extensive collection of port wine paraphernalia and a bottle of Real’s oldest port dating back to 1765. Finish with a tasting of young Port wines; a Dry or Lágrima Ruby or Tawny and an aged Tawny 10yo and aged Tawny 40yo.

End your wine weekend at Taylor’s, renowned as one of the oldest and best Port wine producers since 1692. The popular English merchant holds the benchmark for Vintage Port by wine authorities.

Taylor’s invites you on an informative tour of its famous cellars and lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. During your visit, learn about the fascinating history of Taylor’s Port wine at the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century. Finish in the elegant Library Room for a tasting of three Port wines, including a Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) and a Tawny 10yo.

Opening Times

Available year-round, Tuesday to Sunday.

Additional Information

This experience must be booked within 6 months of purchase, but you can choose to go any time within 1 year.

Suggested Itinerary:

  • Day one: Arrival and check-in to the hotel followed by dinner at De Castro Gaia Restaurant
  • Day two: Tour the world's most prestigious Port cellars at Taylor’s, tasting three of their finest wines
  • Day three: Learn about Port during an interactive tasting at the Real Companhia Velha Winery Vintage Museum
  • Day four: Check-out and departure home

Other Useful Details:

Bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee the desired dates

Hotel options will depend on the travel dates, a choice will be provided by your Truly concierge at the time of booking request.

This experience is not available on bank holidays and other special occasion days such as Valentine’s Day.

Recommended travel days are between April and October. Please request specific travel dates and reservation times with your Truly concierge.

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  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

The Birthplace of Port: Three Night Port Wine Tasting Getaway for Two in Oporto

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