The Graham ´s 1890 Lodge | The finest Port Wine tastings you can find!
Please note: all visits to Graham’s 1890 Lodge are now by reservation only.
It affords spectacular views of Porto’s historic city centre and the iconic two-tier bridge that connects the two cities of Porto and Gaia. The entire Lodge has been recently renovated by the Symington family and all its original features restored. Visitors to the Graham’s Lodge can experience the best of three centuries of craftsmanship and heritage.
Graham’s is still a working cellar. No visit to the Lodge will pass without hearing the sounds of the Coopers’ hammers or seeing the lodgemen collecting samples for the port wine tasting room. The building currently houses over 2,000 pipes (oak casks) and 40 tonels and balseiros (large oak vats) of ageing Port wine, as well as extensive cellars of Vintage Port, ageing in bottle. As you pass through the Lodge’s cavernous cellars you are struck by the distinctive smell of aging Port wine. You pass row upon row of mold-encrusted bottles lain-down in the cellar, some of which date back to the nineteenth century.
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The granite walls, over half a metre thick, combined with the maritime climate ensure a constant, cool temperature, ideal for the slow ageing of Port wine. The high ceiling is still supported by the original Riga Pine beams and the beautiful nineteenth century exterior remains intact.
The renovated Graham’s 1890 Lodge was inaugurated by the President of Portugal in March 2013. It has already become a landmark for the promotion and experience of Port wine in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto and the rest of Europe.
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