Real Companhia Velha

Real Companhia Velha, Vila Nova de Gaia: Address, Phone Number, Real Companhia Velha Reviews: 4.5/5

Real Companhia Velha
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Founded in 1756 by Royal Charter of King D. José I, Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, has the most ancient Portuguese cellars in the countryThe centuries old cellars of Real Companhia Velha, are situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, right in front Oporto, in other words, on the left bank of Douro river.Over 100.000 m2 stores carefully a vast selection of Port Wines Tawny – aged in oak barrels -, as well as Vintage Port, maintaining the prestige e reputation this house enjoys over 250 years. At the cellars of Real Companhia Velha, in the silence of its vaults, the wine is kept in barrels of noble wood, the work made by coopers who have served the Company for many generations.There, asleep in a unique peacefulness, barrels and vats are lost in time... 10, 20... 30 years... What does it matter! The time it takes for each wine to reach its exact point of maturity.One of our Top Tours,starts with an exclusive video that shows the evolution of the Port since the Douro Region, all the way to the old cellars, followed to a visit to the main ageing cellar, centuries old, moving up to visit our old “Vintage” museum. Finishes with a tasting of two young Ports, white and red, plus a 20 year old tawny.
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699bartd
Borsbeek, Belgium4 contributions
Never go here!!!!
Sep 2021 • Friends
3 times we went there the same day, 3 times they said it was full and we should come back one hour later. This on a really unfriendly tone, this after we payed the ticket!!!!
Written 15 September 2021
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Marlene L
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Real Companhia Velha
Mar 2020 • Couples
Beautiful facility. We were very much looking forward to the tour. We first watched a film on this brand’s quintas where they grow and harvest their grapes. Guide seemed knowledgeable but never made eye contact. The cellar was impressive. Once we were taken to the tasting area, it felt like we were being herded in. The guide quickly seated us in front of two glasses and promptly disappeared. My husband, the port drinker, was not impressed. Felt that both the white and red ports were average. I thanked her in English and in Spanish but was “corrected” to say “abrigada” which is thank you in Portuguese. There was no personal interaction seeking our feedback on the port unlike our experience at Pocas Junior yesterday which was very intimate and enjoyable.
Written 8 March 2020
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Alex B L
Columbus, OH38 contributions
Real Companhia Velha was a wonderful port wine tasting experience!
Mar 2020
My wife and I very much enjoyed the Real Companhia Velha winery. Diogo did a great job talking about the history of the Duoro Valley as well as the specifics on how the different port wines were made. He was very receptive to our questions about the process and we very much enjoyed tasting the sample of port wines presented to us. We especially liked the white port wine which is not as common in North America as the ruby or tawny varieties. We would recommend this tour to others. A very enjoyable experience!
Written 5 March 2020
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Amanda J
Taupo, New Zealand28 contributions
Rubbish
Feb 2020 • Couples
Video was not in English and to long. Repeated the video in the tour whose English was terrible didn’t know anything about the difference between the wines. It’s not sincronize with the buses which are every 30 mins. We were there for 1.5 hours could have done it in 30 but no one knew bus times. They shut the gate and closed shop before the bus came.
Written 14 February 2020
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Devontiger
Devon, UK43 contributions
Nice stop on a bus tour
Jan 2020 • Couples
Decided to stop here while on a bus tour through the city a nice little surprise. Great tour of the caves, winetasting and then decided to buy a bottle of port. Makes what is a pretty poor tour of the city via bus much more palatable
Written 14 January 2020
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,739 contributions
Excellent Winery Experience
Sep 2019
We visited this place as part of the Magic Tourism half day tour. The winery is located on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river and touring it means a complete experience, including comprehensive information of the history and tradition of wine making in Porto, viewing the wine reserves and production equipment, as well as, of course, a wine tasting session.
Written 27 December 2019
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PhilOZ
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Brilliant presentation
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited this port wine maker and were extremely impressed with the highly professional presentation of this huge company. The statistics of their land under vine are fascinating. The video shown was cleverly made allowing people of any nationality to understand the content. The vats of 10,000 to 1,000,000 litres were impressive. A great experience.
Written 10 December 2019
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Michael
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Real Companhia Velha October 2019
Oct 2019
This winery is a bit remote from the main port district, but very nice. Good English language tour of the winery, including their cellar where one could get close to bottles well over a century old. We tasted six ports, the oldest of which was forty years old.
Written 3 December 2019
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scousemouse
Liverpool, UK6,718 contributions
Superb extended tour
Jun 2019
Founded in 1756, Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal. If you tour this port wine house as part of a train or bus tour you don't really experience anything but if you make the effort to go there as individuals and pay a little extra the tour is wonderful.
We have visited quite a few port houses on our previous visits to Porto but we walked here out of curiosity as it is away from the usual port wine cellars. Our tour continued while others who arrived by train left to sample the port and we were absolutely blown away by the extensive tour that followed and the knowledge and passion of our young guide Madeleine. The tour itself was fascinating, the history of the company and process of port production especially the chance to experience the vintage cellar but then we got the opportunity to sample so many different ports which, as port lovers we really appreciated. Fabulous!
Written 24 November 2019
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Amanda M
Norfolk, UK80 contributions
Go go go excellent tour
Nov 2019 • Couples
Well what can I say my husband and I were so lucky to be the only two people on this tour and the guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. We now know lots about port especially the difference between whites and reds, ageing process and how you should store, consume and use them. Who knew you should drink a vintage in a two day time span and a white can last up to 6 months.
Iv never had white port but it’s now a firm favourite.
Go on this tour it’s absolutely so worth it.
Thank you to the lovely lady who gave us the tour, apologies I have forgotten your name but you were intern last year and started working for them last September. You are a credit to your company.
Written 9 November 2019
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