From 18 to 21 July, Porto was filled with artists. A group of urban sketchers strolled along, discovered and drew several places in Porto. This Symposium, which visits different cities every year, aims to celebrate and practice the art of on-location sketching in the city where it takes place.
It was a pleasure to receive this group in our visitor center.
Take a look at our cellars through the eyes of sketchers!

Image credits: Marc van Liefferinge

Learn about our Quinta das Quartas

Sep 15, 2018

Quinta das Quartas is the Poças winemaking centre. Planted with more than 2.5 ha of vines, this quinta is noted for its immense wine lodge where the firm’s Port Wine is aged. Up 25,000 hectolitres of wines are stored in wooden casks ranging in size from 267-Litre hogsheads to 88,000-Litre vats. Since 1996 the wines from all of Poças’ quintas have been made at this modern winery – a total of 1.1 million Litres of wine. The property also boasts a small museum where one can see the original granite treading tanks dating from 1873.

Manoel Poças Júnior was particularly fond of his first wine estate in the Douro. He visited the quinta almost every week, walking the last 700 metres on foot over rocky paths. Sadly his dream of one day being able to drive right up to the property never came true as the present road was only built much later.

Créditos: Jferrand

New poças visitor center born from the restoration of the old warehouses of the company

Sep 15, 2018
Our new visitor center was born from the restoration of the old cellars/warehouses in the headquarters of our company, located in the historical center of Vila Nova de Gaia. The works allowed to extend the tour circuit and created new rooms for events, meetings or lectures, each with its own character, operability and decoration that mixes memory and contemporaneity.The new wine tourism proposal includes the tour that enables visitors to know about our history (and to see how a cooperage workshop looks like), to feel the smell of a Port wine cellar and to learn how wine is produced. In specific moments it will be possible to take part in a dining experience, in a private tasting with the winemaker or in a musical concert.
The visitor center (Rua Visconde das Devesas 168, 4400-Vila Nova de Gaia) is open every day, from 10 am to 8 pm, from May to September, and from 10 am to 5:30 pm from October to April. Entrance is 6.50 euros/person and includes tasting two wines (white Port and red reserve). Additionally, it is possible to sample a wide range of Port wines and DOC Douro wines.
Guided tours are available in five languages (Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese).
The restoration project was signed by architects Lúcia Vaz Pato (tasting room) and António Mota (barrel room and private tasting room).

Créditos: Jferrand

100th Anniversary dinner gathers customers, friends and producers

Oct 03, 2018
As part of a broad programme of commemorative activities taking place throughout 2018, Poças’ 100th anniversary dinner gathered more than a hundred customers, suppliers and friends of the company, among them several Douro producers, in the former home of Sophia de Mello Breyner’s grandmother, now owned by the University of Porto and home to the city’s botanical garden.
A symbolic choice, intersecting places and experiences and showing that wine sits well between culture and family. In fact, the association between art and the family has been the guiding thread of the cultural programme promoted as a celebration of the centenary, involving artists such as Capitão Fausto, Afonso Reis Cabral, the Theater Company of Bolhão and Bordalo II.
And since celebrating 100 years is also telling stories, this dinner was full of memories of the past, many memories, but without forgetting the challenges of the future.

Credits: Jferrand