Cockburn’s Port Lodge


A real working Port cellar
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Cockburn’s Port Lodge


A real working Port cellar
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Cockburn's Port Lodge

In the Cockburn’s Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the river from Porto, time moves at a slow pace. While the wines rest peacefully, gradually evolving to their peak of maturity in oak barrels well seasoned with wine, we invite you to relax and absorb the atmosphere.

The Cockburn’s Lodge is the largest wooden Port cellar (called ‘caves’ in Portuguese) in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia. As you walk into the Lodge you’ll be surrounded by rows of barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. This is where we age all our Ports and in particular this is the home of our Special Reserve Port.

The perfect balance and softness in this wine is achieved by ageing it for longer in our Lodge. So we need the extra living space. It’s the job of our dedicated team of coopers to take care of all the barrels and vats in the Lodge to make sure everything is just so. As you visit, you will probably see some of them at work. Be sure to say Olá! You can hear more of their story – straight from the barrel’s mouth, as it were. The Cockburn’s family includes our own team of coopers. We are the last Port company which still has its own working cooperage with a full team of seven skilled coopers because we know that their careful work is essential to making Ports of top quality.

We are just a little way up the hill from the bank of the River Douro. This is because in the old days being slightly higher would help our cellars to escape the frequent winter floods. Being so close to the Atlantic Ocean keeps the temperature nice and cool inside the lodge in the summer, though it’s not that cool outside! In fact, the construction of the lodge ensures that the temperature remains more or less constant throughout the year, totally naturally. It’s the wine we’re thinking about – it needs special care and attention.

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