The Cockburn’s Port cellars, also known as ‘lodges’, are the most extensive in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia, which faces the twin city of Porto across the Douro River. Visit the Cockburn’s Lodge is an unforgettable experience. Here, the guests will be invited to sense the environment in which wines aging slowly in our oak barrels.
The Symington family, 5th generation Port producers, acquired Cockburn’s vineyards, cellars and wine stocks in 2006 and the brand itself in 2010. Two years later, the family opened the Cockburn’s cellars to visitors. Due to growing demand, the Symingtons decided to build a more comprehensive visitor center to provide an authentic experience of a fully working Port Cellar. Following a major refurbishment, Cockburn’s reopened to the public in July 2017.
Sections of the various buildings which make up the cellars have been adapted to receive visitors, but without changing the character and the primary function of the buildings. In other words, the cellars continue to be first and foremost dedicated to the aging of Port.
The Cockburn’s Port cellars contain more Port Wine in barrels and tonels than other historic cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. The sturdy granite walls of the Cockburn’s lodge house-seasoned oak barrels of maturing Port and barrels held in tonels and vats. This sizeable and priceless stock provides the basis for the creation of Cockburn’s renowned Ports, including the famous Special Reserve.
Visit us at Vila Nova de Gaia, enjoy a sip and get to know more about our Port wine!