[ Cellars ]

Founded in 1756 by Royal Charter of King D. José I, Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, is the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal.

The centenary cellars, of Real Companhia Velha, are located in Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite side to Oporto, precisely on the left bank of the River Douro.
These cellars store a vast and unique selection of Tawny Ports – aged in oak barrels -, as well as the family’s private cellar holding over 16.000 rare bottles of Vintage Port, in which the oldest bottle dates back to 1765, preserving the prestige e reputation this house enjoys over 260 years.

Deep in the silence of our cellars, Ports rest in noble oak barrels, an artefact made by the hand of skilled coopers that have worked with the Company for many generations. Asleep in a unique environment, the barrels and vats for Port are lost in time… 10… 20… 100 years…! … The time necessary for each Port to achieve its exact point of maturation.

 

Reservations and informations:

Address: Rua Azevedo Magalhães, 314, 4430-952 Vila Nova de Gaia
GPS coordinates: N41.13026o; W8.59754o

Phone: (+351) 22 377 51 94
E-mail: turismo@realcompanhiavelha.pt

TOURIST PROGRAMS

CLASSIC TOUR

A guided tour of these centenary cellars which begins with a video showing all processs of the art of making Port, since it’s birth in the vineyards of the Douro to it’s ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the “Vintage Museum” and finishing at our Wine shop with a tasting of 4 Ports: Sweet or Dry White, Ruby or Tawny, Rosé Port and an aged 10 Year Old Tawny.

Duration: 45 minutes
Price (VAT included): € 12,00 (adults)

PREMIUM TOUR

A guided tour of these centenary cellars which begins with a video showing all processs of the art of making Port, since it’s birth in the vineyards of the Douro to it’s ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the “Vintage Museum” and finishing at our Wine shop with a tasting of 4 Ports: Sweet or Dry White Port, Late Bottled Vintage, Reserve Tawny and a 20 Year Old Tawny.

Duration: 45 minutes
Price (VAT included): € 15,00 (adults)

FOUNDERS TOUR

A guided tour of these centenary cellars which begins with a video showing all processs of the art of making Port, since it’s birth in the vineyards of the Douro to it’s ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the “Vintage Museum” and finishing at our Wine shop with a tasting of 4 Ports: Sweet or Dry White Port and the 10, 20 and 40 year old Tawnies.

Duration: 1 h ½
Price (VAT included): € 35,00 (adults)

COLHEITA TOUR

A guided tour of these centenary cellars which begins with a video showing all processs of the art of making Port, since it’s birth in the vineyards of the Douro to it’s ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, with a stop at the “Vintage Museum” and finishing with a unique Port tasting at the heart of our historic ageing cellars.
For the tasting there will be a selection of 4 old Single-Harvest Tawny.

Duration: 2 hours
Price (VAT included): € 60,00 (adults)

GROUP TOUR (GROUPS OVER 30 PEOPLE WITH RESERVATION)

A guided tour to these centenary cellars which begins with a video showing all processs of the art of making Port, since it’s birth in the vineyards of the Douro to it’s ageing, bottling and shipping in Vila Nova de Gaia. The tour follows through the main ageing cellar, finishing at our Wine shop for a tasting of 2 Ports: (Sweet or Dry White + Ruby or Tawny).

Duration: 30 minutes
Price (VAT included): € 5.00 (adults)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Schedule:

Opening days: Tuesday to Saturday.

Closed: Sundays and Mondays. January 1st and December 25th. In case of full capacity.

Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed for lunch and disinfection between 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm.

Tour times: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15; 14:45, 15:45 and 16:45

Other times on request and subject to availability.

If the tour hours are not adhered to, with a waiting period of over 15 minutes between the

tours, these may be suspended or rescheduled for another time.

Tours: Guided and personalized

Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish

Parking: Free

Payment Methods: ATM or Cash

Other Items:

. Prices include VAT at the legal rate.

. Wine tasting is only allowed for adults (aged 18 or over).

. Various tastings and gastronomic experiences available à lá carte.

. Wine shop with the whole range of Real Companhia Velha wines.

. Possibility of wine delivery at the Hotel, provided it is located in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia.

. Possibility of shipping wines by mail or courier; prices on request in the store.

 

Hygiene Measures:

All partners and their customers must enter the premises with a mask, disinfecting their hands at the entrance. They will have to present themselves at the reception desk, without exception, where they will be assigned a tour guide. While waiting for customers, please remain inside your own vehicle, or alternatively outside our premises. Groups of up to 12 people can go with a single guide, or be split by language if there is need and availability. Groups over 12 people will be split between two guides, who will join each other at the wine tasting stage, without prejudice to the quality of the visit. Clients will be seated in accordance with the rules of social distancing in force, both in the tasting room, as well as during the projection of our video. Entrance by bus must be made through the entrance at Avenida D João II, showing the reservation document to the security guard. Vans and tourism vehicles can enter through the entrance at Rua Azevedo Magalhães, following the instructions given at the entrance.