Cálem Port wine cellars are an extraordinary place to visit, when in Porto. Calém is extremely bike friendly, allowing any visitor to park the bicycle in the entrance hall, properly secured and closed.
Founded in 1859, by António Alves Cálem, Porto Cálem was by this time dedicated only to wine exports to Brazil in exchange of exotic woods and by means of its own fleet. In fact, those activities are still remembered today through Porto Cálem brand logotype where a caravel stands for this proud history.
Porto Cálem was kept in the family for four generations, always developing business around quality Port wines, from which resulted high recognition all over the world.
Sales of Porto Cálem reached more than 3.7 million bottles (750 ml) in 2005, maintaining a stock of about 8 million litres.
Porto Cálem main market has always been Portugal, but exports have maintained a high significance along its history. The brand logotype – the caravel in which Port Cálem was exported to Brazil – show exactly that importance. In 1880, Brazil represented 40% of total exports.
At the end of the visit, we are given a full round of different port wines: