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Symington overhauls Dow’s to extend its appeal

Published:  22 November, 2018

Symington Family Estates has given its Dow’s Aged Tawny portfolio an overhaul in a bid to extend the Port’s appeal to a younger audience and beyond Christmas and formal occasions.

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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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Paul Symington to step down as chair

Published:  26 September, 2018

Paul Symington is stepping down as chairman of Symington Family Estates at the end of this year following a 40-year career in the family business.

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Symington reports soaring 2016 Vintage Port sales

Published:  18 June, 2018

The Symington Family has reported ‘exceptionally strong’ demand for its 2016 Vintage Ports.

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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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2016 Ports debut at London preview

Published:  18 May, 2018

Purity, precision and terroir were very much the buzz words at the 2016 Vintage Port Preview Tasting in London on May 17, where Symington Family Estates, The Fladgate Partnership and Quinta do Noval collaborated to show wines from the recently and unanimously declared 2016 vintage.

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Port houses join Symington in declaring 2016 vintage

Published:  12 April, 2018

Quinta do Noval and Quinta do Romaneira are the latest Port houses to declare 2016 a vintage year, following the lead of top Port house Symington Family Estates.

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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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Q&A: Gonzalo Pedrosa, ex-chief executive, Sogevinus

Published:  06 July, 2017

Gonzalo Pedrosa has a refreshing take on how Port producers should collaborate in the way the Swiss watch industry did with Swatch – to boost the category as a whole. Andrew Catchpole catches up with the recently departed champion of the colheita style

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Last Port of call for popular trade figure Tim Stanley-Clarke

Published:  26 June, 2017

The Harpers team joins many in the trade in expressing our sadness at news of the passing of Tim Stanley-Clarke, a much liked figure best known as a highly knowledgeable champion of Port, whose face was a long familiar and respected presence on the British wine scene.

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Family Ties

Published:  23 June, 2017

With family-run businesses rife within the wine trade, what are the challenges involved in running
a winery with your loved ones? Lisa Riley investigates

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