Fado in Porto - Caves Calem

Fado in Porto - Caves Calem

Fado in Porto - Caves Calem
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Fado in Chiado is a live Fado show – an excellent way to discover culture and the city.Fado is Portuguese and was born in Lisbon. It was adopted by Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of Portugal, with a strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon.The hour-long Fado in Chiado show features talented artists – a singer and two musicians (Portuguese guitar and classical guitar) – performing Fado and the music that makes it the national song. The live performances are accompanied by images of unique must-visit locations in Lisbon. It is said that Fado combines nostalgia (saudade), Portuguese pride, hope and conformism in a musical style epitomised by Amália Rodrigues. On account of these unique characteristics, Fado has now been declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.Fado in Chiado takes place daily* in the very centre of Lisbon. The hour-long show is the ideal suggestion for seeing live Fado and then taking advantage of the night to discover more of the city.
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Diego L Martinho
Oxford, UK171 contributions
A very informative and quick tour of both Port and Table wines produced by Calem. I loved the projections on the massive casks, and learning a bit more about the history of Port Wine and the region as a whole.

The Fado show was really great, as we got a taste of two delicious wines while listening to great singing and expert guitar playing. Reminded me of my grandfather singing Fado! Really great experience overall, especially for the price you pay.
Written November 25, 2019
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA211 contributions
If you're a serious wine taster, then this might not be for you as the Fado show is a main attration, not the wine tasting, as the two small wine glasses, without any explanation what you're drinking, would not satisfy the wine tasters. But after brief Calem wine cellar tour, you would sit down in a room with views, thru small circular windows, to the river and the other side, Porto. Try to grab a table to the right side of the stage along the windows. Fado itself lasted about 45 minutes. It is a bit "lighter" - in song selection - Fado that I've heard previously or at other places, but it was very nice. I went there in late January and i was told the show starts at 6:00PM, but when I called to reconfirm (they don't send you what time you should come), I was told to come 15 minutes to the hours to exchange the voucher. When we got there, the front desk lady put down specific time for each event on my ticket for us. Come to Calem at 5:45 PM and visit Museum, then meet them in the lobby at 6:00 PM for English tour. Then at the conclusion of the tour, you would be sitted for the Fado show. The restrooms are right outside of the Museum, to the left of the lobby. The Museum is very nice and you would get a sense of the region and port wines. Your Fado show ticket would let you in for Museum.
Written January 30, 2020
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mpigliucci
New York City, NY130 contributions
Couples
We chose the Calem winery in order to support one of the smaller producers (as opposed to obvious choices like Sandeman), and since my wife likes fado music we figured why not? We were, however, a bit weary of the combination, obviously aimed at tourists. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised. The tour of the facility was informative and entertaining (excellent guide, perfect English), the wine tasting was good, and the fado show, featuring two musicians and two singers, was very professional. Highly recommended.
Written July 7, 2019
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liz
Cheltenham, UK16 contributions
This place simply doesn’t live up to the reviews. It’s very rare that I write a poor review but I feel that on this occasion I must. Firstly the positives, the building is fabulous, seeing where the Port is stored is really interesting and the interactive style exhibits are good (if we had any time to explore them). The Fado music was okay, it was pleasant to sit and watch for a while but there wasn’t any real passion from the performers and being lovers of flamenco we found this a little dull and left early. The most disappointing element was the tour. It was only 10-15 mins long. The guide wasn’t very good at all. She spoke too fast, walked and talked so that those at the back of the group couldn’t hear and all in all we left feeling very underwhelmed. We were then given two glasses of port and some dry crackers and left to wait for 15 mins for the Fado to begin.
For €20 this wasn’t good value for money and I would recommend spending the day on a tour in the Douro if you want to learn about Port and this wonderful country.
Written October 30, 2021
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Erica S
3 contributions
My husband and I did the port tour, tasting, and fado show while on our honeymoon in Porto 2 weeks ago. It was really fun! It wasn't the most thorough tour or tasting, but we weren't really looking for that. We're more casual wine drinkers, so we appreciated just the brief overview. The fado show was great - very talented musicians! Calem is also in a great location right along the river near the Dom Luis bridge, so the views from outside are beautiful.
Written August 25, 2018
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megustapinchitos
18 contributions
Couples
Caters exclusively for tourists. The fado setting wasn't anything near authentic, and that was not the fault of the singer. One of the guitar players cheered (was possibly forced to) a couple of times with his portwine glass. So the whole tour (our guide acted somewhat like a tape recorder) in the cellar and the portwine tasting was arranged to lead the customers to the wine shop. But we bought a bottle and were happy. Just be aware that you will get a veiled sales pitch and will get very little authentic experiences. If you want to experience fado, go to Lisbon and choose a random Bairro Alto restaurant.
Written July 25, 2016
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Wonderfulworld159
Sydney, Australia78 contributions
Friends
Fado,Portugese blues, is one of the many fabulous things about Portugal and is a must attend. If you look in bars and cafe's you will see notices advertising Fado performances. Make sure you go! It's not necessary to pay to see Fado we attended two very good free concerts.
Written October 16, 2014
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Hillary B
24 contributions
This show was a real highlight of our time in Porto. It started with a very informative tour of the wine cellars that explained how the wine is made. Then we went upstairs and enjoyed beautiful Fado singing from a male and female performer. We sampled 2 types of Calem wine and some nibbles. Portions of drink were quite generous. The show was the perfect length (not too long but not so short that you don't feel that you have got your money's worth). It was good value for money and we really felt that we had experienced the local culture. A must-do for anyone visiting Porto,
Written October 26, 2021
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Sightsee816307
7 contributions
After a brief but interesting walk through the Cálem Bodega with a lot of information on the production process of vinho do Porto, you will experience a nice 45-minute Fado show while you can Taste one white and one red vinho do Porto.
Written August 28, 2020
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AnnaSz80
London, UK113 contributions
If you don't have time to do a proper port tasting and evening with fado then it's a good option. The tour of cellars is very quick and basic but will give you some insight into port 'world'. You will only see cellars - no production process is shows as its not based on site. We really enjoyed the fado concert :) Would recommend it.
Written January 22, 2020
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