Thu 03 Dec 2015

Enoturismo: Porto, Port & Graham’s

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I am reminded on my latest visit in glorious winter sunshine how Porto would make a wonderful destination for a grown-up city break, not least as it is so steeped in the history of port production (with plenty of tasting opportunities too).

The old lodges across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, where port wines have been stored and matured for generations, have all been spruced up to receive visitors, none more so than Graham’s.

Grahams Port

Grahams Port

Graham's has a long association with boats & shipping, as evidenced by some wonderful records including this menu from The Queen Mary.

Graham’s has a long association with boats & shipping, as evidenced by some wonderful records including this menu from The Queen Mary.

Tawny ports mature in wooden 'pipes', around 30,000 of which are maintained by the Symingtons' coopers, all of whom are now based at the larger Cockburn's lodge.

Tawny ports mature in wooden ‘pipes’, around 30,000 of which are maintained by the Symingtons’ coopers, all of whom are now based at the larger Cockburn’s lodge.

There is a welcoming tasting room, where a selection of wines can be tasted for a modest fee (usually not quite as many as those lined up for my colleague David & myself!).

There is a welcoming tasting room, where a selection of wines can be tasted for a modest fee (usually not quite as many as those lined up for my colleague David & myself!).

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer

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