[ Cellars ]

Founded on September 10, 1756, by Royal Charter of King D. José I, the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro, also known as Real Companhia Velha or Royal Oporto Wine Company, is the oldest Portuguese company, with uninterrupted activity since then.

Besides the Douro, where it has five estates and the winemaking center, Real Companhia Velha’s geography also includes Vila Nova de Gaia.

The Port Wine Lodges of this bi-centennial Company are located in Gaia, on the left bank of the Douro River, in front of the city of Porto. A truly mythical place, marked by deep silence and constant darkness, full of noble wood casks, barrels, casks, vats, where the wine rests and ages for years, decades, and even centuries. The time needed for each wine to reach its exact maturation point and necessary complexity.

It is in these cellars that Real Companhia Velha stores a wide selection of Tawny Ports and also the private cellar of the Silva Reis family, owner of the company, with more than 16.000 bottles of rare Vintage Ports, the oldest dating back to 1765, thus maintaining the prestige and tradition.

 

 

 

Address: Rua Azevedo Magalhães, 314, 4430-952 Vila Nova de Gaia
GPS coordinates: N41.13026.º; W8.59754.º
Tel: +351 223 775 194
E-mail: turismo@realcompanhiavelha.pt

WINE TOURISM PROGRAMS

WINE STORE AND TASTINGS

At Real Companhia Velha there is a reserved space for a store and tasting room, with a wide range of its Douro and Porto wines, and also its two olive oils. It also has a more reserved room.

 

 

oppening hours: 10am to 1:15pm | 2:15pm to 6pm
sales: exclusive to adults of legal age (18 or 21, depending on nationality)

CLASSIC TOUR

With a guide, the tour starts with the projection of a video about the history of Real Companhia Velha and the process of making Port Wine from the Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia. It proceeds to the main aging warehouse, passes by the Vintage Museum and ends with the tasting of 4 glasses of Port Wine – Extra Dry White or Lágrima Branco; Ruby or Tawny; Rosé; and 10 Year Old Tawny.

 

 

duration: 45 minutes
price (VAT included): €12,00 (legal aged)
tour hours: 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 14h45, 15h45 and 16h45 (subject to availability)

PREMIUM TOUR

With a guide, the tour starts with the projection of a video about the history of Real Companhia Velha and the process of making Port Wine, from the Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia. It goes on to the main ageing warehouse, passes by the Vintage Museum and ends with the tasting of 4 glasses of Port Wine – Extra Dry White; Late Bottled Vintage (LBV); Carvalhas Reserva Tawny; and 20 Years Old Tawny.

 

 

duration: 1 hour
price (VAT included): €15.00 (legal age)
tour hours: 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 14h45, 15h45 and 16h45 (subject to availability)

FOUNDERS TOUR

With a guide, the visit starts with the projection of a video about the history of Real Companhia Velha and the elaboration process of Port Wine, from Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia. It proceeds to the main aging warehouse, passes by the Vintage Museum and ends with the tasting of 4 glasses of Port Wine – Dry White and Tawny of 10, 20 and 40 Years.

 

 

duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
price (VAT included): €35.00 (legal aged)
tour hours: 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 14h45, 15h45 and 16h45 (subject to availability)

COLHEITA TOUR

With a guide, the tour starts with the projection of a video about the history of Real Companhia Velha and the process of making Port Wine, from the Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia. It goes on to the main aging warehouse and the historic wing of the cellars, followed by a visit to the Vintage Museum. Ends with a tasting of 4 glasses of Port Wine Single Harvest.

 

 

duration: 2 hours
price (VAT included): €60.00 (legal age)
tour hours: 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 14h45, 15h45 and 16h45 (subject to availability)

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

Opening days: Monday to Saturday.

Closing days: January 1st and December 25th or in special circumstances.

Idioms: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish

Parking: Free of charge

The entrance is through Rua Azevedo Magalhães, except for the buses, whose access is made through the entrance on Avenida D. João II, upon presentation of the reservation document to the security guard.

Payment method: ATM or Cash