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Rua Serpa Pinto 346
4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia
If you are visiting Oporto be sure to see the historic Cockburn’s Lodge. This is one of the very few Port cellars that is still a real working lodge, full of casks and pipes where wine is being matured, regularly assessed, blended and drawn off for bottling. It is also one of the largest and most beautiful of all, a visit is truly a worthwhile experience.
From 1808 to 1812, Robert Cockburn, born into a distinguished Scottish family, served as a soldier in the Peninsular War under the Duke of Wellington. The Anglo-Portuguese army fought long and hard campaigns to expel the invading forces from the Iberian Peninsula. While campaigning in Portugal Robert Cockburn discovered the Douro region and its wines and resolved to return and dedicate himself to this great wine region.
In 1815, when hostilities ceased, he returned to the country that had captivated him and founded his own Port house: Cockburn’s.
As business developed through the 19th century, three other families joined the company: the Smithes, the Teages and the Cobbs. These families produced some of the finest producers and tasters of Port, who ensured the consistently outstanding quality of Cockburn’s, as illustrated by the renowned Cockburn’s Vintage Ports of the 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1962, Cockburn’s was sold by the owning families to Harvey’s of Bristol. Forty-eight years later in 2010, Cockburn’s was once again in the sure hands of a family of Port producers – the Symingtons. This family has been making Port for five generations and is the largest vineyard owner in the Douro (965 hectares or 2,385 acres of vines). Cockburn’s could not be in better hands.
(Article and photos courtesy of cockburns.com)
Guided Tours & Tasting: 3€ per person, last tour departs at 6:00 pm.
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