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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 family vacation planner to visit Porto Calem on your trip to Vila Nova de Gaia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We came here because the admission is included in the Blue Bus City Tour. The tour was informative and enjoyable. Best part was the 2 wine tastings at the end.  more »
  • Really enjoy the tour of Calem port house. Tour was only €6 per person with 2 wine tastings at the end, We dropped in the previous evening to book, so this way we would know what times the English tou...  more »
  • For €10, we got to see everything about Porto Calem and received great info on the different types of port wine. The tour was 20 minutes and we got to taste a white and a red wine.  more »
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  • Calem offers a tour of the cellars/caves along with a tasting at the end of 2 of their ports. Once the tour has finished, there is a shop where you can purchase any of their port. The tour was a good length and explains why port was invented and how it is made. This port is very good and can be found for around 7 EUR for a bottle in most of the local stores.
  • Well Fado was good. But 20+ Euro for a 20 minutes tour and two glasses of cheap port wine. Are you serious?
  • Offers good tour and two small glasses of wine. A popular choice.
  • Very explanatory and interesting guided tour (6€ incl. tasting of 2 mid-class Portos: white and tawny)
  • Tour was very lacking with no real information. Port was very nice though.

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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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