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The week that was

Published:  19 October, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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Douro harvest delivers quality on back of “absurdly low” yields

Published:  17 October, 2018

Following a year of challenging weather extremes, the Douro’s 2018 harvest has given up some “excellent Ports and Douro wines” according to Symington Family Estate’s annual harvest report.

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Sponsored profile: Q&A with Joao Prates, NERVIR Association

Published:  17 October, 2018

Soul Wines is an innovatve new intiative bringing together tradtional Douro producing families to give them gerater visibility on the international market. Joao Prates explains the big idea


What is Soul Wines and what are the ambitions of the Project?

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Facing up to climate change

Published:  02 August, 2018

The Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit gave compelling reasons for the drinks trade to take a lead on tackling global warming, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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The resurgence of the port industry

Published:  01 June, 2018

At first glance, it appears to be a case of “same old story” when analysing port’s prospects in the UK. According to CGA Strategy, in the 12 months to February 24, 2018, port sales (by volume, 9-litre cases) decreased by more than 11%, falling 9.8% in value. Nielsen data concurs: retail sales declined by more than 2%, remaining static in MAT TY 142,687 % CHG VS value at £77 million (MAT to March 3, 2018).

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Harpers catches up with Esporao's David Baverstock

Published:  14 May, 2018

Over the past 15-20 years, Portugal's wine industry has been transformed. Quality has been pushed to the forefront; producers have returned to native varieties in a big way, recognising them as Portugal's raison d'etre in a crowded and competitive global wine industry. Meanwhile, regions that were once also-rans have emerged with distinctive styles and a renewed commitment to local traditions.

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Symington announce €5m investment in new table wine winery with eye on Douro’s premium future

Published:  21 February, 2018

Pre-eminent port producer Symington Family Estates has announced plans to spend up to €4 to €5 million on a new winemaking facility at Quinta do Ataíde in the Douro to underpin the quality of its table wine production.

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Symington donates 10th ambulance in wake of Douro fires

Published:  18 December, 2017

Port producer Symington Family Estates, has presented a new ambulance to the Sabrosa Volunteer Fire Brigade following the devastating fires in the region.

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Guy Woodward: The great Port revival

Published:  08 December, 2017

Remember all that talk, a few years back, of the big sherry revival? About how, spurred on by the growth of tapas bars, small-plate dining, aperitif culture and cool España, fino and amontillado were the new tipples of choice for the hipster generation?

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Symington collaborates on robot field trials as labour shortfall hits Douro

Published:  11 September, 2017

Symington Family Estates has been at the centre of trials to robotise vineyards in a bid to make up for a workforce deficit in the Douro.

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