Ramos Pinto, a house with history

No it is only in the properties that the history of wine is told. In 1880, Adriano ramos Pinto founded in Vila Nova de Gaia the headquarters of a company that would become one of the most reference in port wine production and in port wine pioneers in Portugal. The cellars and the museum, on the pier of Gaia, allow to the visitor a journey through the time and history of Port wine.

The life of Adriano Ramos Pinto (1859-1927) is well known. Entrepreneur and visionary, he founded the company was just over 20 years old and, from the outset, realized that to sell his products would have to resort to a thorough work of dissemination. These techniques were innovative because at the time no other port wine company used them. A unique work that involved the production of posters, carefully taken wine packaging and appealing labels, among other objects, which can now be viewed when visiting the renovated museum of the company, located in the riverside area of Gaia. The company acquired this classic building of ochre yellow tone in 1907 and moved there two years later. The recent refurbishment work focused on the visitors' reception room and the testing, where the shop also operates. The guided tour of the facilities passes through the old offices, the founder's private office, the cellars where wine ages and the tasting area. The visits are made by a guide and are very didactic, ending with a tasting of Port wine.

Adriano Ramos Pinto in his office, at the company's headquarters in Vila Nova de Gaia
Adriano Ramos Pinto had a notion of 'Marketing' out of the ordinary for the time., investing in promotional material like these

The building itself, but also the decoration, transport us to the beginning of the last century: photographs, emblematic bottles, labels, utensils linked to the activity, medals won by the wine production of the house and many copies of promotional material. Adriano Ramos Pinto's exquisite cabinet has been preserved and is included in the circuit. Down the stairs, you reach the cellars, where you find hundreds of casks with wine aging. There is also a small auditorium, where visitors can see the details about the wine production process. Finally, it ends with a golden key: the evidence.

Each visitor is entitled to taste two wines: a white reserve and a ruby reserve. Those interested in going further can ask for another type of tasting, which vary in price depending on the bottles (from Porto or table wines) that have to open. It is recalled that Ramos Pinto is part of the Champagne company Louis Roederer since 1990, having a wide range of wines, resulting from the processing of grapes from its four farms in the Douro: Bom Retiro, Nettle, Bons Ares and Ervamoira. This list of references includes five ranges of Porto, equal number of douro table wines (highlight ed by the brand Duas Quintas) and also a brand. All these wines can be tasted and purchased at the house museum shop.