Porto, a famous city in northern Portugal, is one of the flagship destinations for travelers wishing to explore the country. The city is renowned throughout the world for its neighborhoods with typical architecture, its beautiful heritage, its bridges, but also for its wine production. Visitors are also always keen to participate in tastings of this beverage so appreciated during the aperitif. Since the summer of 2020, the city has inaugurated World Of Wine Porto, 35,000 m 2 of spaces taking place in the old Port wine warehouses and located in Vila Nova de Gaia. Through its bars, restaurants, museums, shops and wine school, the place tells not only the history of wine, which makes Porto famous and proud, but also that of other important industries in the region. .
A multitude of experiences to live in the new cultural district of Porto
Port wine is so famous and appreciated throughout the world that the eponymous city, which ensures its production, owed it to him to devote a large-scale project to it. This is now done with WOW Porto, a space located in the charming neighborhood of Vila Nova de Gaia, which offers visitors pleasant wine tourism experiences, and much more! Imagined by Adrian Bridge, WOW Porto takes place in old cellars that have been renovated and refurbished, where barrels of Port wine once lay as far as the eye can see.
WOW Porto unveils 6 museums, for as many experiences as possible. The Wine Experience museum tells us about the history of national wines, but also the different production phases from grape to bottle; Porto Region Accros the Age plunges us into the heart of the history of northern Portugal; Planet Cork is responsible for providing information on the different uses of cork, a 100% vegetable product which is not only used for the manufacture of corks; The Chocolate Story presents the process of making chocolate, because you also have to indulge yourself with some sweet treats and it goes perfectly with port; The Bridge Collection, with its superb collection of glasses, tells about 7,000 years of relationship between man and alcohol and finally Porto Fashion &
World Of Wine is also a wine school, where novices can take lessons to learn more about Portuguese wine: how to choose it, differentiate it and associate it with gastronomy. A passage which then makes it possible to become a true ambassador of Port wine throughout the world. And since we are talking about gastronomy, we do not fail to join the good tables of WOW Porto. Let us mention the 1828, its splendid view of the Douro and its beautiful seasonal cuisine. The dessert menu focused on chocolate is a must. The Golden Catch is the perfect place to taste fish, including the essential cod, and for an aperitif dinner around a board of cheeses and cold meats and good Port wine, meet at Angel’s Share Wine Bar. .
The offer of WOW Porto is also cultural, with the WOW Gallery and its 400 m 2 spaces that host temporary exhibitions of international stature. To rest after a busy day, visitors finally take pleasure in settling in The Yeatman Relais & Châteaux hotel, which, in addition to offering luxurious rooms and suites with views of the city, has a spa to relax and discover the treatments provided by Vinothérapie® Caudalie. In terms of accommodation, those wishing to reach downtown Porto can board a Douro Taxi River to cross the river, and drop their bags at the Infante Sagres hotel, another prestigious establishment renowned for its impeccable welcome and for its rooms and suites with elegant and luxurious decoration.
Enjoy the atmosphere and other treasures of Vila Nova de Gaia
Between two sessions in the museums of WOW Porto or after a lunch with a good taste of local flavors, you should also take advantage of all that Vila Nova de Gaia has to offer. Its historic district stretches along the Douro River where it is good to stroll with a breathtaking view of the old town of Porto. Another nice point of view at the top of the cable car from the terrace of the Serra do Pilar monastery.
À un autre moment, on enfourchera un vélo pour parcourir les rives du Douro depuis Gaia et rejoindre les plus belles plages. L’endroit est en effet parsemé de petits trésors, entre le village de pêcheurs d’Afurada et la Praia de Miramar, certainement l’une des plus belles plages de la région. On la reconnaît facilement avec sa petite chapelle nichée sur un rocher au milieu de la plage. L’endroit est parfait pour venir se détendre en journée, tout comme observer le coucher du soleil.
And then, before leaving Porto, we will not hesitate once again to dive into the history of Port wine and participate in some tastings. At Taylor’s, a house that was founded more than four centuries ago, an innovative historical tour of the cellar is offered to the public. With the help of an audio guide and through a route that brings together films, exhibitions, paintings and photographs, we relive the glorious epic of port as well as the history of the house and its exceptional wines. Another reason to fly very quickly to the north of Portugal!