Real Companhia Velha
Rua Azevedo Magalhães, N.º 314, 4430-022, Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto and Douro
Real Companhia Velha played an important role in the regulation, production and trade of Port Wine, so we can say, conclusively, that the Company's history is the history of Port Wine.
Founded in 1756 by a Royal Charter of King José I, King of Portugal, under the auspices of his Prime Minister the Marquis of Pombal, the Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, is the oldest Port Wine company of Portugal .
The centennial basements of Real Companhia Velha, located in Vila Nova de Gaia facing Porto carefully store a wide selection of Port Tawny wines - aged in oak barrels - as well as Vintage Port , keeping this way the prestige and reputation that this company enjoys for over 250 years.
In the cellars and in the silence of their warehouses, Port wine rests in barrels of noble wood. Sleeping there, in a unique peace, the barrels and vats seem like they are lost in time. 10, 20 , 30, ... , the required time for each wine to reach the exact point of maturation.
Then you enter the auditorium with capacity for 60 people, where you can see a short film exclusive of Real Companhia Velha, reporting the whole production process, from the farms in the Douro to the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Locations & Directions
With a prime location outside the cellars route, it offers the opportunity for an unforgettable walk along the top of Vila Nova de Gaia, enjoying the magnificent views from the Monastery of Serra do Pilar and Jardim do Morro.
For the last visit of the day, you should make you booking 45 minutes before closing time.
GPS: N 41º 07' 57.81'', W 8º 36' 00.80''
For the last tour of the day the reservation must be made 45 minutes before closing time.
|Reservation||Subject to the confirmation of availability|
|Closing time||January 1st; December 25th|
|Visiting hours||10:00 am to 5 pm|
|Cancellation | Prepayment||Vary depending on the type of experiences. Check the conditions of each experience in your Reservation|
|Means of payment||Mastercard; Visa|
|General||Booking Guarantee with credit card number; VAT at the legal rate included; Supplements have to be paid separately|
|Wine Tourism Activities||Wine Tasting; Guided Tour to the Facilities; Tasting of regional products; Olive oil tasting|
|Restaurants | Bars | Store||Wine Shop; Lunch / Dinner - subject to availability of the partner|
|Services||Facilities for meetings / parties|
|Parking||Free and Private (without reservation)|
|Spoken Languages||Spanish; French; English; Português|
Fantastic tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and really brought everything to life. Very interesting, particularly the tours of the old cellars. And, of course, the tasting was very enjoyable too
"Was all Excellent"
"Enjoyed the visit to the oldest wine cellar in Porto. Guide was helpful, attentive, friendly and has good product knowledge. Overall, I enjoyed my experience with them."