Museu do Douro
Museum in Peso da Régua
The Douro Museum, located in Peso da Régua, is a regional museum that offers visitors a representation of the memory, culture, and identity of the Douro wine region, which has been classified as a World Heritage site. Housed in the fully restored Casa da Companhia Velha, a building that is emblematic of the history of the world’s oldest demarcated and regulated wine region, the museum combines tradition and modernity to create a dynamic center for cultural activities.
Visitors to the museum can explore the exhibition area, which serves as the nerve center of the building, as well as enjoy the amenities offered by the “A Companhia” restaurant, library, reading room, and wine bar overlooking the River Douro.
Located just a few meters away is another important place in the “Memory of the Wine Region”, the permanent exhibition housed in the former Armazém 43. This exhibition offers a comprehensive description and history of vine growing and wine production in the region, which is considered an essential feature of its identity. The exhibition showcases the main conditions that have helped to define the region, including the activity of winemaking, the construction of the landscape, the process involved in producing wines of the highest quality, the relief of the surrounding area, the local fauna and flora, the rabelos (boats used for the transport of Port wine), the Port wine estates with their many centuries of history, the region’s historical heritage, the tradition of grape harvest, the utensils used in wine production, as well as pictures of some of the great makes of Port wine.
Visiting Museu do Douro
1st October-17 May: Tuesday-Sunday – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last entry: 5h45 p.m.);
18 May-30 September: Tuesday-Sunday – 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last entry: 7h45 p.m.);
Closed on Mondays.