Porto Calem, Vila Nova de Gaia

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Discover some of the country's finest wines by touring Porto Calem on the southern bank of Duoro River. Multilingual tours lead visitors through cellars housing century-old vats and casks that are filled with the winery's renowned white, ruby, and tawny ports. Founded in 1859, this award-winning winery allows you to enter a world of traditional wine-making, providing a rare insight into the age-old techniques and special aging processes used to make these favorite dessert wines. The winery also houses a shop, museum, and tasting room, where you can compare two different varieties of port wines. Use our Vila Nova de Gaia trip planner to add Porto Calem and other attractions to your Vila Nova de Gaia vacation plans.
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  • We took a pack of boat and Museum for €14 and it was a good decision. It depends a lot of the guide that touch you by what I read. We went for lunch and we were four people in the visit in Spanish (by the way, thats a plus) come on, that was almost private. The helpful guide if we had doubts, he explained everything with the help of projectors very enjoyable and interesting, the Museum must be seen and the final tasting seemed good, even to my friend, who does not like wine, liked it.
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  • More than half an hour to small museum to visit. Kept time. Then minirobdleiding with English speaking guide. Was (for me) still difficult to understand. Too much repetition of what was already to read also in exhibition space. The tasting (3 glasses for € 5,) was especially cozy with other dining companions, make especially for full stomach in advance! Prices in store on high side, little competitive with prices in their own country. Was nice experience.
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  • Quite interesting. Our guide was quite excited, he has given us after the tour and tasting some addresses where we could eat. Top!
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  • 10 euro Tour includes the interactive museum which was interesting and informative, followed by a tour through the cellars and a tasting or premium tasting for 5 euros extra. We did the premium tasting (3 ports instead of 2) but wished we had done one standard and one premium so we could taste 5 different wines (we were 2 people). We had attended another port tour previously of a small winery, and this was an interesting contrast since calem is a huge winery. Recommend it!
  • Excellent wine your with the museum and the explanation of how Port is made! The English tour guide had a rather unclear speech, but we could still understand most of it! Definitely get the premium option if you're alone, if not half of you getting premium would be good! Good quantity of port provided for tasting, definitely enough to share!
  • The staff were very nice and flexible. The English guides were fully booked and could buy only French and they let us join to the English one! The experience was also great!
  • Definitely go for the wine tasting here, and go for the premium (€15) version if possible. It was really good tasting the different types of port, and I was pleasantly surprised by how generous they were with the samples. The little self-guided museum was also very interesting.
  • There is a cool area to explore before the tour starts, but the tour is nothing too special. There is a wine tasting at the end where they give you a glass of red wine and a glass of white wine. There is also a store to buy wine, chocolates and other merchandise. Our tour guide spoke English, but was a bit difficult to hear and understand.

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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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