Vila Nova de Gaia is crowded with great Port Houses. We decided to visit Graham’s 1890 Lodge for a tasting and have lunch at their Vinum Restaurant
We crossed the iconic two-tire iron bridge over the Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia and drove up a ridge to Graham’s 1890 Lodge. Our private visit started with a quick tour of the little museum with the senior guide.
The recently renovated cellar with granite walls over half a metre thick, holds over 2,000 pipes and 40 tonels and balseiros of ageing Port wine.
In the Private Vintage Tasting Room, the senior guide conducted a special tasting of Graham’s Ports. The list included:
- Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage 2009
- Graham’s 10 year old Tawny
- Graham’s 20 year old Tawny
- Graham’s 30 year old Tawny
- Graham’s 40 year old Tawny
- Graham’s 1972 Tawny
- Graham’s Malvedos 2001
- Graham’s 2007 Vintage
Lunch in the Vimum restaurant with magnificent views of Porto and the Douro river followed. It consisted of roast beef with “parmigiano” served on flat bread with mustard vinaigrette, “Marinheira” style line- caught hake with mussels, thin apple tart made with the finest pastry, artisan stone-ground flour bread, mineral water and espresso coffee. The wines were Carolina Douro DOC 2013 White and Graham’s Extra Dry Port,
I remember with great pleasure my first visit to Graham’s in 1993 and lunch with the Symington Clan.
(Harrogate Medical Wine Society will be back at Graham’s Lodge and Vinum Restaurant in June 2016)