Port wine tasting: A traditional and a modern approach

Port wine tasting: A traditional and a modern approach

If you’re travelling to Porto, the chances are you’ll be trying some of Portugal’s delicious port wine during your stay. I’ve been to many port wine establishments in the city over the years, most of them fairly similar in their approach and all enjoyable.

My two most memorable port wine experiences were poles apart, though. One very shiny and modern, the other heavily steeped in tradition and history. Both well worth a visit.

Very old port wine

It makes sense to start by telling you about Real Companhia Velha (a.k.a. Royal Oporto), established in 1756 by royal charter as one of the first official port wine producers in the newly demarcated and regulated wine region of the Douro valley.

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