Aliança Underground Museum

Aliança Underground Museum

Aliança Underground Museum
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The Alianca Underground Museum is an exhibition space, displayed along the traditional wine cellars of Alianca Vinhos de Portugal. Including eight private collections, the public has access to diverse artefacts from the fields of archeology, ethnography, mineralogy, paleontology as well as ceramic tiles and tins covering millions of years of history. Being part of the great universe of the Berardo Collection, these collections are the result of the constant effort of Jose Berardo in collecting and caring for objects of scientific, artistic, historical and sentimental importance.
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elderfeet
Bournemouth, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Do try and visit this Underground Museum if you are visiting in the Porto/Aveiro region of Portugal. Tours are free but must be booked either by phone or internet and it is worth mentioning when booking that you would like an English speaking guide

The Museum is indeed below ground and has a route map like the map of the London Underground. It houses an eclectic collection including wonderful fossils, minerals, African artifacts and statues both ancient and modern and a large collection of ceramic art
The one hour tour concludes with a wine tasting in the Wine Cellars. There is no pressure to buy any of the products.
Written 8 September 2012
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elderfeet, thank you for the kind words and recommendation!
Written 27 July 2015
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Norman C
Lisbon, Portugal72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Our visit, a party of 38, was booked via a travel agent and we were not quite sure what to expect here, probably a typical winery type tour with wine making explained,a tour of the winery and wine tasting. The surrounding town itself is badly run down with many abandoned houses and the winery site is a huge fairly modern 'factory' rather than something traditional and picturesque. The building inside has been beautifully refurbished by the relatively new owner to a very high standard. We had to wait 45 minutes for our booked tour as they were not ready for us (don't know why). The visit was in fact almost all to a museum in the basement storage tunnels (the Wine Caves). This contains the most amazing collection of objects from around the world. A personal collection of tens of thousands of items belonging to the new owner, apparently only about 5% of his total collection. Seven or eight separate sections of museum are each dedicated to a different subject varying from African masks, fossils, artwork, photographs etc. All fantastically and beautifully housed in the old wine cellars. It does show what can be achieved when money is no object! After this the tour continues through into the production part of the cellars where the brandy and cava (champagne-style bubbly) are aged in the traditional way. Thousands of casks of brandy up to 40 years in the making provide a wonderful aroma and this part of the visit alone would have justified the trip here!
Photographs can be taken throughout.
The tour was followed by a wine tasting and opportunity to shop - we made enthusiastic use of both but we were very disappointed that the tasting was cut very short due to lack of time caused by our delayed start.
According to our guide - who was both enthusiastic and knowlegable - the museum is open every day except Christmas, New Year and Easter and some of the museum rooms can be booked for private functions and meals, the largest seating around 200 people.
A recommended visit, something not to be missed if you are anywhere near this area. Note though that the cellars are up to 20 meters below ground level and the guided tour is almost 2Km (over a mile) taking around 2 hours, there are no rest places or seating, the lighting is dim, some of our party found it too claustrophobic and had to be escorted out. Not really suitable for children as many of the objects are both fragile and valuable. I would love to go again.
Written 12 January 2015
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Norman C, grateful for your evaluation, description and recommendation! We are very glad you have enjoyed the visit and we hope it has overcome your expectations. You will always be welcome!
Written 27 July 2015
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celiaricco
sao paulo20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
In a very small town. inside a very old cellar from Caves Alianca wines, we find this incredible Museum.
So well done, so mysterious, so full of arts and curious objects. Everybody that goes to central Portugal, must see!!!!
Written 4 April 2014
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celiaricco, we appreciate your kind description and recommendation. Also we hope that it has overcome your expectations.
Written 27 July 2015
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WorkToTravel123
Toronto, Canada859 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We went on an English tour. The tour guide was not very knowledgeable about wines or the winery for that matter, and dismissed many people's questions. She seemed to want to finish the tour as soon as possible without letting anyone ask questions.

The museum does have an interesting collection of arts but it is a very large museum and very "commercial". You certainly don't feel any authenticity here.

It was cheap, just 5 euros PP for the tour, but it took up precious vacation time. I would have preferred to have visited another winery during the time instead, that would have had a more personal approach, and allowed us to enjoy our time, rather than rush us out and not care to answer any questions.

The sparkling wines were good, but there's other sparking wine manufacturers that will give you the personal experience you deserve!
Written 26 October 2022
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Thank you for your time visiting us and for the feedback, we allways try to provide the best possible experiences by taking into account the opinions of our visitors and training to our guides! We are sorry that you hadn´t the best experience but we insure that all experience is worth it. We hope you can visit us again , you can know more about our museums at https://bacalhoa.pt/en/alianca-underground-museum . Thank you :)
Written 28 October 2022
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
In the first place we have to tell that all the visits are guided, and you have to call or write an e-mail to make an appointment for a visit who can be single or in a group. We were only the two of us and after a while some more people from Brazil joined us for the visit, guided by Sra. Silvia who gave us a perfect and very detailed information during the whole visit who took about 1h30 minutes. Initially you will pass the African part with statues and other things original from still existing and others from already gone tribes. Then you will pass through some of the tunnels of this Underground Cellar Museum and will visit the part who contains a rich variety of minerals, crystals and fossils with the age of some million years, extremely beautiful. Continuing into the tunnels we arrived on the location where they keep the bottles of Sparkling wine. After this we continued the visit and came on a location where we could see a collection of the Portuguese tiles called “Azulejos” and so we arrived on the location where they keep hundreds of barrels made out of “French and American Oak” all filled with the famous wines and eau de vie to get aged. And so before we came to the end of the visit, our very friendly guide has showed us the last part who is the collection around India with allot of facts from the live of Mahatma Ghandi. And after this we were friendly invited to get a taste of the Sparkling Wine and this by a glass of Rose with bubbles.
We loved the visit and certainly the competent guide, and can so more than warmly recommend a visit to this location. And there are always some promotions when you like to buy some. There are several visits during the day, but always make a reservation before, the price is 3 € pro person, you can park the car in front of the museum or at the carpark a bit further. You also have to know that the construction of the Museum is completely inspired on the "UK Subway of Londen" the Tube.
Written 19 October 2016
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Amazon122s, we appreciate your feedback, and hope that expectations have been exceeded. We appreciate your nice description and kind words. Every day we work to please our visitors! Thank you for your visit!
Written 4 June 2018
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mariecam
Paris, France98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
We were advised by our hotel to go there...and we were greatly surprised,we arrived right on time for a tour but we had a private visit as we were only two...the guide was passionate about her work,the visit lasted an hour thirty but we didn't see time go by as it was very interesting...first time I saw art and wine barrils mixed together. ..the art collection there is impressive ; going from African art to Portuguese ceramics, the room with mineral stones impressed me the most. ...then we had a glass of sparkling wine offer with almonds :great tour!
Written 28 April 2015
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mariecam, we are glad that the visit has overcome your expectations and that you have enjoyed our services and wine's quality. We appreciate your feedback!
Written 23 July 2015
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NunoAlegre
Luso, Portugal162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
It is a "must see" if you're traveling in this part of Portugal. It is rather disappointing as wine cellar but it has a rare and wonderful art collection.
Written 7 February 2015
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NunoAlegre, grateful for your appreciation and recomendation.
Written 23 July 2015
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julie n
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
When you pull into a quiet village, very unassuming and agricultural, you are in for an incredible experience as you visit this winery, Alianca vinhos de Portugal. I won't even describe here, you have to visit. We were treated to a luncheon and it was the best lunch ever! Their products are varied and excellent. A moment to remember.
Written 7 October 2019
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shabla
boxtel87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
A must see on any trip in this area of Portugal! during a 1,5 hour tour much is explained about sr. Berardo's private collection of art which is exposed in the caves of the Allianca (producer of espumante). The art is mainly from different tribes in Africa. Also, it's display in the caves is very unusual and at the same time interesting. The guide was knowledgeable.
Written 7 August 2015
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JoaoManuelOliveira
Aveiro, Portugal107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Friends
Around 30km from Aveiro, in a village called Sangalhos are the cellars of the "Caves Aliança" a well known name in the sparkling wine (portuguese champagne).

The winery and cellar are not a normal one because it's onwer, Joe Berardo, is a collector and mantain collections of art, pottery, shells, artifacts and quartz stones in the same area of the bottles and other wine crafts. Deserve visit! And the wines are both good!
Written 17 January 2015
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JoaoManuelOliveira, we appreciate your evaluation and we are glad that you liked it!
Written 27 July 2015
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