Symington Family Estates - Leaders in Premium Port

The Symingtons have been Port producers for five generations since 1882 but their family’s involvement in Port dates back fourteen generations to 1652 through their great-grandmother Beatrice Atkinson. Symington Family Estates is the only principal Port Company owned by one family.

Five of the family (Paul, Charles, Rupert, Dominic and Johnny) work together, caring for the vineyards and the wine making for four historic Port houses: Graham’s, Cockburn’s Dow’s and Warre’s.
The family account for 33 % of all Premium Port, making them the leading quality Port producer.

The Symingtons are the largest vineyard owners in the Douro, with 964 hectares (2,382 acres) of vines at 26 Quintas. Many of the region’s finest Quintas belong to the family: Vesuvio (one of Portugal’s greatest wine estates), Malvedos, Bomfim, Cavadinha, Sra Ribeira, Tua, Canais, Retiro and Roriz (the latter with the Prats of Bordeaux). This includes 130 ha of organically farmed vines, the largest in Portugal. The family is unique in that they also own and farm their own vineyards

At the major international wine competitions the Symington’s Ports consistently outperform all producers, winning more awards than any other. They are producers of the only Port in the 21st century to have been awarded 100 points by the influential Wine Spectator: Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port The Symington family is one of the leading innovators in research in viticulture and was the designer of the automated treading lagares, the most significant advance in the production of premium quality Ports in half a century.

The family commitment to the Douro and its wines is stronger than ever after fourteen generations and 350 years, an unparalleled tradition.

The Symingtons owns a fantastic lodge where most of their wines are available.
The historic Graham’s lodge was built in 1890 on a hill-top in Vila Nova de Gaia over-looking the city of Porto. The Lodge is 150 meters from "Portucale", the site of a fortified settlement dating back to the Roman conquest of Lusitania in 24-19 BC. This small castle of Portucale eventually gave its name to Portugal.
The Graham’s lodge today is much as it was when built in 1890. It contains about 3,700 seasoned oak casks as well as a further 2,300 pipes in oak tonels and oak balseiros (vats). The cellars of Graham’s Vintage Ports, including the few remaining bottles from the 19th century, are maintained in this building as well. The building was restored very recently. It offers now several facilities, including a restaurant and a wine bar, where the visitors may enjoy the fantastic view while tasting the traditional Portuguese gastronomy or simply enjoying a glass of Port wine.

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