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Port houses stung further by increased costs in brandy says Symington Family Estates

Published:  22 November, 2013

Port producers continue to struggle with the large increases in wine brandy used in the port making that is putting serious pressure on their cost base, according to Symington Family Estatesone of the biggest players in the sector.


Heavy rain in Douro valley hits 2013 Port harvest

Published:  01 October, 2013

The 2013 Port harvest has been hit by heavy rain in the Douro valley, with 34mm falling on Pinhao last Friday and Saturday, and more expected today (Tuesday) and tomorrow.


Symington named Douro Personality of the Year

Published:  26 July, 2013

The Portuguese Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, presented Paul Symington the Douro Personality of the Year award at a ceremony earlier this week.


Croft Pink creates cocktail range to help promote new website

Published:  26 July, 2013

Croft Pink has launched a new website,, to try and further show consumers how Port can be drunk on different occasions and how well Croft Pink is suitable for cocktails.


Symington and Fladgate: Port education is key to China

Published:  23 July, 2013

Giant Port producers Symington Family Estates and the Fladgate Partnership are expanding their joint education programme in China as they look to widen interest and distribution for Port in Asia. 


Fortified wines: brimming with potential

Published:  03 June, 2013

As Port shows its resilience, premium sherry is gaining new ground as Spanish cuisine becomes ever popular. Richard Woodard assesses the fortified market


Sogrape declares its 2011 Port vintage as one of the best in history

Published:  28 March, 2013

Portuguese producer, Sogrape, has announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the "greatest potential for ageing" than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman ports.


Maison Cazes acquires new vineyard

Published:  25 February, 2013

Roussillon producer Maison Cazes has acquired vineyard Les Clos des Paulilles in Collioure and Banyuls.


Cockburn's back at number one in the UK

Published:  28 January, 2013

Cockburn's has regained its number one status as the UK's biggest Port brand according to the latest Nielsen statistics released by brand owner Symingtons.


NRB announces strongest chef line-up to date

Published:  25 January, 2013

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced its strongest line-up to date of chefs who will cook in the Chef Live theatre at its event in Manchester Central in March 2013.


Port shipments to UK increase by 6%

Published:  22 January, 2013

The Port Wine Institute has reported a 6% increase in total Port shipped to the UK in 2012, despite difficult economic conditions, according to Symington Family Estates.


Northern Restaurant & Bar 2013 calls for registration

Published:  17 December, 2012

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced it will be 20% larger on its return to Manchester Central in March 2013.


Northern Restaurant & Bar show larger in 2013

Published:  12 December, 2012

The north's hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has announced it will be 20% larger on its return to Manchester Central in March 2013.


How Champagne will be one of the cheapest parts of this year's Christmas dinner

Published:  10 December, 2012

Whilst the cost of much of our Christmas dinner has soared in the last five years, the average price of the cheapest bottle of Champagne is nearly 10% cheaper.


Aldi launches super premium wine range

Published:  21 November, 2012

Discount retailer Aldi has launched a super premium wine range which it claims seriously undercuts prices in other specialists.


Costco starts selling wine online in UK

Published:  02 November, 2012

Wholesaler Costco has launched its UK ecommerce site, including its wine range, which is open to both members and non-members.


Anne Krebiehl looks at opportunities for Fonseca port with Fladgate's Adrian Bridge

Published:  23 October, 2012

"We've always described Fonseca as a more voluptuous style of Port: it has this big structure, this big weight of fruit," explains Adrian Bridge, managing director of the Fladgate Partnership which incorporates the houses of Taylor, Fonseca and Croft.


Port begins to shed its stuffy image

Published:  19 October, 2012

Port is beginning to shed its stuffy image and is appealing to a younger, more female-led market, according to Fells marketing controller Mark Symonds.


Appleton Estate International Bartender Challenge finalists announced

Published:  19 October, 2012

Nine global bartenders are to gather in Jamaica next week to compete in the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum International Bartender Challenge 2012.


Jazz FM launches Tasting Thursday with Taylor's Port

Published:  18 October, 2012

The first Port-focused Tasting Thursday with Taylor's will begin this evening on Jazz FM, as part of the Dinner Jazz programme.