Porto: Graham’s Port

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Arriving at Graham’s

 

Koen and I decided beforehand that we needed to visit at least two port lodges, so after some research we made reservations at Graham’s for a tour and tasting (visits are reservation only) in addition to Taylor’s. Grahams is smaller and a bit further away, but worth it! The tour is smaller and more intimate, and the tasting is great value for what you pay. We decided on the Super Premium Tawny Tasting and the Super Premium Vintage Port Tasting – which means we were able to sit in the Vintage Room for our tasting.

Graham’s is part of the Port Empire of the Symington Family Estates, and the oldest of their port houses, founded in 1820 by the Graham brothers and joined later in 1882 by Andrew James Symington. Like Taylor’s, you have an amazing view of the Douro River and Porto. And not just a tourist destination, Graham’s is still a working cellar with over 2,000 pipes and 40 tonels and balseiros of ageing port wine.

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Entering Graham’s for our tour

 

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The Symington Family

 

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The patented rubber “feet” for crushing the grapes

 

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The Vintage Room for our tasting

 

 

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Super Premium Tawny Tasting: Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny. 40 Years Old Tawny, and Single Harvest 1994

 

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Super Premium Vintage Port Tasting: Graham’s Vintage Ports 1983, 2000, and 2016

 

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Portuguese cheese pairing

 

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Enjoying our tasting!

 

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Decided to splurge and taste Graham’s 1972 Single Harvest – worth it!!

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