"Portugal Wine Travel - 2006 Harvest Tour - Part 2" Distrito do Porto Things to Do Tip by MarioPortugal
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[...] we headed off to Vila Nova de Gaia, where many Port shippers? headquarters are located. Gaia is a short distance just across the Douro River (from Oporto) and it?s the ancient city where the larger Port companies maintain their centuries old Lodges, which contain enormous stocks of old and new Ports in bottle, as well as the Lodge ?pipes? and massive wooden vats that store tens of thousands of liters apiece. The adventure was about to begin!
Finding the Niepoort Lodge can be a challenge for the uninitiated, as there is no sign posted that lets you know you?ve arrived. Having been there on a number of occasions I knew exactly where to go, but our taxi driver had no clue and he certainly was not going to listen to some American tourist. So instead, he stopped a few times to ask directions from other cabbies, which did not seem to help him much. With hand gestures and my best use of ?broken? Portuguese, (broken = a kind euphemism for my debauchery of the language) I tried explaining where to go. Frustrated having not seen a sign for Niepoort?s Lodge, the driver finally acquiesced and I was able to easily guide him to ?the green door.? If you do not instinctively know the location of this famed entryway, nor the secret knock, it is possible to repeatedly pass right by it, or stand outside on the narrow cobblestone street for an eternity.
Fortunately, we rang the doorbell a few times and with a creaky sound that would make for a fine description in a Charles Dickens novel, we were led into the most unique Lodge in all of Gaia. [...]
Written by Roy Hersh in February 2007.
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