Leica Portugal


Leica Portugal’s Camera style gatehouse, with Gerhard Baier (Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic) presiding.

Leica Portugal is an easy half-hour drive north of the beautiful city of Porto.

A whimsical Leica M-like gatehouse greets the visitor. Beyond is the modern factory, the size of several football fields, where many of Leica’s cameras, lenses and sport optics are made.

It’s one of the most high-tech, impeccable places in the industry, with a highly skilled, enthusiastic workforce. Some have been with the company for more than 40 years.

A full report is in the works.




The Leica Portugal factory is the size of several football fields.


The Douro River runs through Porto, from the mountains and vineyards upstream to the Atlantic ocean a couple of miles West.


The picturesque riverfront of Porto. Vertiginous streets climb to the city center above. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal.


The Rabelo boat transported Port Wine from the vineyards of the Douro Valley to the wine merchants’ cellars in Porto.


The wine cellars of historic Vila Nova de Gaia: historic names like Taylors, Sandeman, Calem, Offley, Ramos Pinto and Ferreira. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The cellars of Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman were established in 1692.

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