My visit to Porto has been very pleasing. It is a nice relaxed city and to top it all off Porto has Port.
Port is fortified wine made in Porto but the grapes are actually grown in the Douro Valley (not too far away).
We stopped by some tasting rooms one afternoon. The tasting rooms are actually across the river from Porto in Gaia (you can walk across a bridge or take a water taxi to get there).
I saw a recommendation somewhere for Augusto’s so that was our first stop.
Augusto’s port is not distributed and can only be purchased in the tasting room. It is a small family winery.
We had a tour and a tasting. Money toward the tour can be used toward credit for purchases.
They talked about how Port was made and we got to taste a couple different ones.
Of course they get you just buzzed enough to make bad decisions. We didn’t end up shipping anything home (super expensive) but I did purchase a sampler of different ports. I spent the next few evenings trying to finish them off so I wouldn’t have to take them on to my next destination.
After that we stopped at a newer hip tasting room: loud music and crowded. No tour but it was fun to taste some others.
We might have stopped at one more bar that night to try one more. Maybe. You know, bad decisions :).
A couple days later I was still in Porto on my own so I visited one more winery.
I really enjoyed my Port time in Porto.
View of Porto wineries