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Croft Port, Vila Nova de Gaia

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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. Croft Port is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Vila Nova de Gaia Edition.
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  • Great staff, good tasting selection. Wish they had more tours available (were all fully booked for the next few days when we visited)  more »
  • Lovely staff and introduction to Port production in Porto at the oldest port house. 2 samples of port before the tour and one afterwards. Friendly and informative tour.  more »
  • A tour in the cellars with a lot of information of the winemaking proces and also a tasting of tree different kinds of portwine. Very nice and old location.  more »
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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.