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Port Wine Tasting, Porto

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Across the river, in the southern suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia, more than a dozen port-wine lodges are open for tours and tastings (most of them daily, except Sunday). For details and addresses, visit the Web site of the Instituto dos Vinhos do Duoro e Porto at and click on "Historical Center" in the "Visit the Region" section.

Alternatively, you can visit the IVDP's wine-tasting and sales center, the Solar do Vinho do Porto, which occupies an old mansion high above the river near the Palácio de Cristal. At the Solar's tasting bar, you can peruse a huge port list and sip your selections on a terrace overlooking a shady garden with box hedges and fountains—a fine place for an evening drink (220 Rua de Entre-Quintas; 351-226-094-749; closed Sundays).

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