Address: Rua do Choupelo 250, Porto, Portugal
Phone: 223 742 800
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Monday to Friday (September to June), Monday to Saturday (July and August)
My favorite Port wine tasting venue in Porto is Taylor’s. Officially named Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman, Taylor’s was founded in 1692 and is an old British establishment.
Taylor’s has been family owned since its inception, and it makes some of the best Port wine in Portugal.
Taylor’s is located high up on the hill in Vila Nova de Gaia, which is right across the Douro River from Porto. To get there, you can follow the signs from the waterfront, which will lead you up the small winding streets to the tasting rooms and cellars.
The steep climb is worth it, as the views are amazing, the gardens beautiful (peacocks and Japanese chickens, anyone?), and the Port excellent.
When you arrive, make sure to take a free tour of the Taylor’s Port warehouse, where you’ll learn about Port wine making and see the barrels in which the Port is aged.
At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste several of Taylor’s Port wines in the tasting room. They usually serve a white Port and a tawny Port.
If you have time after your tour, buy a couple of bottles of Taylor’s Port wine to take home and make sure to eat a leisurely lunch or dinner at the Taylor’s restaurant, Barao de Fladgate. The views over Porto are great, and the food is top notch as well.