ART, CAMELLIAS & WINE IN THE HEART OF PORTO
The history of this house formerly known as Casa Ramos Pinto dates back to 1759, when it served as a manor and hunting house, typical of those owned by bourgeoisie and noble families from Porto. Later in the 19th century it belonged to the family of Maria Virginia de Castro, who in 1888 married António Ramos Pinto, one of the well-known producers and exporters of Port wine. During this period the house was remodelled and expanded taking inspiration from French historicisms of the 19th century and Belgian art nouveau and the gardens were projected by Jacinto de Matos. Since then the house has suffered little intervention, up until recently, already in the hands of the City Council of Porto when it became a new art center.
The interiors were refurbished keeping the original traits, such as stuccos, wooden finishes and the beautiful glass winter garden and now it houses regular art exhibitions. Its charm doesn’t end there as the surrounding gardens are another highlight. Projected already in the 18th century, they comprise more than 4 hectares of beautiful landscapes, around 200 camellias, the pavilion and cave that are organically combined with the lake. Particularly between November and May, when the camellias are in bloom, the gardens are a joy to explore on foot not only because of the beautiful delicate colours but also due to their perfume.
As per the Wine and having belonged to the Ramos Pinto Family, there’s still a close link to the Northern Wines, such as Vinho Verde which is typical from the Minho region, and the Douro wine. The latter includes the famous Port, which is also produced in the demarcated winemaking region of the Douro Valley. At the wine shop it’s possible to sample some wines, do a commented wine tasting or even buy some and take it outside to enjoy it immersed in nature.
We suggest a full on experience to get immersed in three apparently distinct themes – Art, Camellias and Wine: a private guided visit to this historical house during which you’ll learn about its history and also understand in more depth the exhibition taking place, followed by a guided walk around the gardens focusing on the centenary camellias and finishing off with a wine tasting paired with a local treat.