Offley Cellars

Offley Cellars, Vila Nova de Gaia: Address, Offley Cellars Reviews: 4/5

Offley Cellars
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Built in 1737 by William Offley, the company gained international renown and prestige under the leadership of Joseph James Forrester, an influential personality in the history of Porto, first Baron Forrester granted for his historic map of the Douro The Baron of Forrester, a businessman, winemaker, wine taster, respected artist and mapmaker, is one of the main characters in the history of Porto.
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Mark H
Grantown-on-Spey, UK170 contributions
Interesting port wine tour.
May 2019
One of many port wine cellars in the tight cobbled backstreets of Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite bank of the Douro from Porto, Offley is an interesting trip into the traditional portwine making industry down in the dark depths of the storage cellars. Our young female guide was friendly and informative and the farewell complimentary drinks were offley generous. (Sorry.)
Written 2 December 2019
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Pepper297
Apollo Beach, FL43 contributions
Cool building, neat experience, interaction could be better
Oct. 2019
My family and I came for a tasting. The building is very old feeling inside and it lends to a nice setting. It kind of feels like you step back in time. The staff is nice, but only as nice as they have to be. We had trouble opening the door and thought it was locked. None of the 3-4 staff at the desk ever came over to help us or let us know they weren’t actually closed. We figured it out on our own about 5 minutes later. We saw this happen with other guests that tried to come in once we were seated. They don’t seem to care if people come in or not. They are knowledgeable, but not necessarily personable. Down to business might be the best way to describe them.
Written 28 November 2019
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Rick H
Nottingham, UK73 contributions
a great experience
Oct. 2019 • Couples
we were going to buy one of those tour packages but decided to walk around ourselves and just drop in.
This house is great for that as we just walked in and got a tour within 2 hours.
Great to see the cellar and we booked the 5 tastings for 20 euro.
All a great experience.
Written 29 October 2019
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jfwelshy
Chelmsford, UK7 contributions
An experience not to be missed
Sep. 2019
Well worth a visit and we would recommend the tastings of 5 ports as this gave a better understanding of the differences between types and ages of the product.
Written 12 October 2019
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Boyan P
50 contributions
The house of portwine
Oct. 2019 • Friends
Great place with real Spirit in all the meanings :) Very focused, but interesting and done by heart guided tour. Followed by Port wine tasting. Not to be missed
Written 10 October 2019
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Voyager520
Manchester, UK73 contributions
Interesting Tour
Jul. 2019
We visited Offley Cellars in July 2019. We did the basic tour, which cost €10 each. This included a 20 minute tour around the factory and cellars, and 2 glasses of port to taste at the end. We enjoyed our visit here.
Written 6 September 2019
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Basia
Limerick, Ireland68 contributions
Interesting
Aug. 2019 • Couples
You have to go there when in Porto. Very interesting visit, learned something new and tasting on the end was very nice. Highly recommend
Written 20 August 2019
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AJMacD
London, UK387 contributions
A bit further from the river and so quieter
Jul. 2019
I may have been completely wrong about these tours but I reasoned that the ones closest to the river would be the busiest and that if we walked a bit further we'd get a more personal experience. We did have a small group (English speaking) and we heard not just information about the making of port but the Brits involved with this house, one of whom was made a baron. It was 10 for the 2 glass tasting at the end but I paid an extra 3 to have an additional variety of port. Maybe I'm a philistine but this was the first time I have tasted white port. The guide was very happy to answer questions. The tour was probably no more than 40 minutes but you can take your time over the tasting. We loved it.
Written 6 August 2019
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Brian T
544 contributions
Old (established in 1737) Port Wine Tour
Jun. 2019 • Couples
We took a tour with the option of 2 or 3 port tastings at the conclusion of the tour. Our tour guide (sorry I cannot remember her name) was very energetic and informative. We learned so much about port wine which we did not know. The three port tasting included a white, a ruby and a tawny port. The two port tasting included a white and tawny port. we enjoyed the port.
Written 17 June 2019
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ164,274 contributions
Great Ports - Great History
Sep. 2018 • Couples
By my records, the oldest Port that I have in my cellar currently, is the Offley Boa Vista ‘63, a Single Quinta Vintage Port. That is what prompted us to do a tasting at Offley in September, while visiting Oporto/Vila Nova de Gaia. Well, that one bottle, and the history of Offley (now part of Sogrape Vinhos Portugal), and one of its early partners, Joseph James Forrester, who mapped the great Douro River (the “backbone” of the Port trade), and did so much to improve the quality of Port wines, when they were in sharp decline. I had my reasons.

We walked down the steep hill from our hotel, The Yeatman (everything around Vila Nova de Gaia involves a hill, and most are quite steep), for a tasting, arranged by the hotel’s Concierge.

Though I have been collecting Port for about 30 years now, this was our first visit to the Douro, and we were exposing ourselves to the Port Houses, at a rapid pace. As we do not see that broad a range of Port in Arizona, USA, we were encountering Port wines, which were new to us, and Offley continued that.

We sampled their “aged white Port,” the Porto Cachucha Reserve. This was only the second time that we had experienced an aged white Port, the first being just the day before. Then, we got to taste the Porto Lágrima, which is an aged white, but noted many differences. Another wine, which we had never seen, before this visit, was the Porto Rosé, and again, only our second time experiencing a Rosé Port. We followed with the 10 Year Tawny (which we had never had before), and finally the Boa Vista Vintage ‘11. All were outstanding Ports, and quite different, than most that we tasted on this trip.

The staff was great, as were the Port wines. We will return, and when I finally open my Boa Vista ‘63, will recall this wonderful visit. If one is interested in Port wine, and especially its history, this is a must-do stop, and you will be greatly rewarded.
Written 2 May 2019
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