Caves São João

Bairrada

In the center of Portugal, in the Bairrada region, the Caves São João (The São João Cellars) rely on a secular history. In the small town of Anadia this is the oldest family business still in activity.  Over the past 100 years, they have produced numerous nationally and internationally awarded wines. Founded in 1920, by three brothers (José, Manuel, and Albano Costa), they began with fine wines from the Douro and liquors and then moved onto the Bairrada table wines, and later on to the production of natural sparkling wines.

As part of their portfolio they have some of the best known brands in the Bairrada region, which is the case for the “Frei João” wine. Later they were also famous for other brands from the demarcated region of the Dão: the “Porta dos Cavaleiros” and “Cantanhede”  and also their well-known “Quinta do Poço do Lobo” wines. Some of them have earned gold medals in competitions.

At the Caves São João, production has vanguardist or modern techniques for winemaking and quality control, but they also don’t forget the traditional production methods. They still use natural cork coated paper labels which are still manually applied on the bottles and are one of the brand images of this producer.  Ensuring modern and tradition go hand in hand!  They offer a series of wine tastings with a visit of the cellars as well as the possibility to also have lunch or dinner at their premises which includes the typical Bairrada roasted piglet.

Experiences

Guided tour & Sparkling Wine Tasting (weekdays)
Guided tour & Sparkling Wine Tasting (weekdays)
Cellar Visit followed by a tasting of 1 sparkling wine.
 
From
8.00€
person
Guided tour & Sparkling Wine Tasting (weekends)
Guided tour & Sparkling Wine Tasting (weekends)
Cellar Visit followed by a tasting of 1 sparkling wine.
 
From
10.00€
person
Winery tour and Classic 3 Wine Tasting
Winery tour and Classic 3 Wine Tasting
Guided tour around the winery and tasting of three classic Caves São João wines.
 
From
15.00€
person
Winery Tour & Classic 3 Special Reserve Wine Tasting
Winery Tour & Classic 3 Special Reserve Wine Tasting
Guided tour around the winery and tasting of three classic special reserve Caves São João wines.
 
From
20.00€
person
4 Wine Tasting - Quinta do Poço do Lobo
4 Wine Tasting - Quinta do Poço do Lobo
Get to know the wines from Quinta do Poço do Lobo, another estate they own by tasting 4 of their wines.
 
From
30.00€
person
Wine & Gastronomy Experience
Wine & Gastronomy Experience
A wine and gastronomy experience at the Caves São João.
 
From
60.00€
person
Guided Tour & Historical 4 Wine tasting
Guided Tour & Historical 4 Wine tasting
A wine tasting which will include historical wines which are limited in production and already considered rare.
From
80.00€
person

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Reviews
What a fabulous experience to tour & taste both older and younger wines at Caves Sao Joao. It is unique in the number of bottles they store from older vintages. Walking through the cellar is a wonderful experience and learning about this winery from its earliest days is very interesting. At the conclusion of the tour, we returned to the tasting room and sampled wine from 1985, Quinta Poco Lobo 1996, and two other wines. We also tasted two sparkling wines…Rosa and White which were superior. For the finale we had Martin da Costa from 1960. This is a fantastic dessert wine. Our visit to the Caves was like stepping back into the past on our way to present day wine making.
Peggy Corcoran
United States
2023-10-22
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