Cockburn's Port Cellars

Regional Winner - Art and Culture - Porto

The impressive Cockburn’s cellars are the largest in the old quarter of the city, holding 6,518 seasoned oak barrels full of maturing Port, plus the equivalent of a further 10,056 barrels in larger oak vats. This priceless stock is essential for the creation of great wines, especially the famous Special Reserve. Visitors will learn that even with modern technology, there will never be an alternative to the traditional slow ageing of fine Port in well-seasoned oak.

A new museum holds a collection of original 19th century watercolours by Baron Forrester, along with extracts from the unpublished 1930s diaries of another of Port's legendary figures, John Smithes. As well as being a brilliant taster, Smithes was a pioneer in the research of Douro grape varieties as his displayed notes demonstrate.

Visitors will see the seven coopers at work using the same tools and crafts that their ancestors used for centuries. Cockburn’s has the last fully equipped cooperage in operation in Vila Nova de Gaia. At the entrance to the cooperage is a 1921 Robey steam engine used for the making of barrels until 1996, and originally manufactured in Lincoln, England.

How to Get There

Address:
SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATES, VINHOS, S.A.
RUA SERPA PINTO, 346
4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia
Portugal
Phone:
+351 913 007 950
GPS:
41.133709, -8.618253

Additional Information

Opening Hours:
Morning, Lunch, Afternoon
Opening Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday mornings, Saturday Afternoons, Sunday mornings, Sunday Afternoons
Months Closed:
Languages Spoken:
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, portuguese
Guided Tours:
Guided
Wine Tasting Provided:
Yes
Groups Accepted:
Yes
Appointments Necessary:
Individuals Yes, Groups Yes
Wine Information Center:
Yes
Wine / Gift Shop:
Yes
Disabled Facilities:
Yes
Food Facilities:
Yes
Accommodation:
No
Conference Facilities:
No
Special Events Facilities:
No