Croft Port, Vila Nova de Gaia

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#8 of 17 in Wineries in Porto District
Learn about the history and production of one of the world's most famous drinks at Croft Port, one of the region's oldest producers of a traditional local product. Founded in 1588, Croft is still owned by the descendants of the merchant families who created it. Visit the historical estate and join a guided tour for a look at port production, the lodge buildings and the cellars. You'll get a chance to sample some varieties of the beverage at the end. Swing by the visitor center to book and indulge in all sorts of activities, such as tasting wine, hearing about traditional legends and tales, and listening to Portuguese Fado music. Those on the tour must be at least 18 years old. Put Croft Port on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Vila Nova de Gaia trip app .
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  • When we were, to that of the famous brands we go to taste, we decided that it's actually about one, because everywhere it will be excellent. From the list we have selected from the map's Croft, mainly because we liked the name, but we almost had not gone into it. Wine bar itself is a lot of party, the signs are somewhat misleading, so we first ended up in Offley. A sterile environment, behind Commission miss with a table wine in a glass case along with other souvenirs-all this has forced us to leave the place and go better again search Croft. When we finally found our vyhlédnuté the place blew us an incredibly nice atmosphere. Croft is a party to all the noise and bustle, degustation restaurant is shady and cool, resulting in stuffy summer cannot not love, and the chairs are made from drums ... we just suddenly really found ourselves in another world. All of the staff was incredibly nice, perfectly communicated in English, and even though it is clear that the same thing for the hundredth time that day explained, always said it with enthusiasm and unassuming smile. We tasted four local wines and we have three of them. TAWNEY ... This is for me the right port.
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  • The visit of the cellars and fascinating as much as the story of the history of the port and its cellars. Gigantic casks and barrels centenarians full of good port (if a barrel aged cinteneva a port of 1855!). Tasting delicious and mandatory subsequent hoarding by a fair number of bottles that I can't give chances of aging. Beg pardon, but certain things should be treated properly.
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  • We were pleased to learn more about how you create the ports, and first-hand through visits to these wineries von charm. The guide was very educational and the wineries I really loved. An evocative excursion, I with a table of cheeses in the country and a couple of ports of the winery. An excellent finish to this attraction in Porto.
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  • This was a fantastic port tour experience. It is a little walk up the hill, but worth it. Now owned by a larger group, Croft port is the oldest port winery still in operation in Portugal. We were given good detail of the process of port making, why the cellars are located where they are and where the grapes are harvested. The experienced offered 2 port, trying a new rose port they have - this was great! A lovely alternative to very heavy, after meal ports. They were not pushy to sell their products and allowed you to have plenty of leisure time.
  • Nice experience but not for wine lovers. The setting is great, staff very friendly and the explanation of the process detailed, but the 3 ports they give you to try are not their best. One of them is a PINK port that they have created recently to tap into the summer drinking market, it's insanely sweet and not what I came here to try! A good tasting should be small glasses of good quality product with an explanation of the flavours, but this wasn't like that at all.
  • Fantastic port tour experience! It's the oldest port winery still in operation in Portugal. Our English guide was very knowledgeable, giving us the history of port wine and it's importance to the city of Porto. We got to see the oak barrels the port is made in, as well as sample 3 different ports that were all different but delicious. After reading a few different winery reviews, I'm happy we went to Croft because it was a great experience. It didn't feel like we were being pushed to buy their products at all, nor did it feel like a museum it was very informative.
  • Getting off the beaten track means less crowds and actually we got here just before a very large group arrived. We ordered a standard tasting of three, some almonds and chocolate. We also ordered the 1995 Vintage. We were served the first part of our order straight away and introduced to what each port was good for pairing however we waited a while for the vintage as the staff were busy with the tour group. In the end I went in to remind the staff and we were promptly served with a detailed introduction and a very generous glass. Did you know once you open a bottle of vintage it must be drunk within a few hours? In this case they pierce the cork with a contraction that allows the bottle to remain airtight. Very cool! Recommended!
  • An excellent out of the way and yet brilliant Port Shipping House to visit. Sat on the terrace and drank port accompanied with a selection of cheeses. With a sensational view of the Douro River, you cannot find better.

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Where to stay in Vila Nova de Gaia

Located just across the river from Porto's Old Town, Vila Nova de Gaia boasts a distinctive identity of its own.You can take advantage of the area's trendy riverfront district and its world-famous Port wine cellars by staying in one of the neighborhoods just south of the bridges to Old Town Porto. This puts you within easy walking distance of the wine cellars, while leaving you in close proximity to historical sites across the river by foot, bus, or taxi. Farther from the river are several international chain hotels offering comfortable rooms with high standards of cleanliness. You'll also find locally run inns and bed and breakfasts in the heart of the city's more residential neighborhoods of Cravelos and Mafamude.
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