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Symington Family Estate release rare 2013 estate ports

Published:  11 May, 2015

Port family, Family Estates is releasing two limited edition rare vintage 2013 estate ports.

The 2013 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira and Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Ports will be available through fine wine merchants and are expected to become collectors' items.

Only seven barrels of the 2013 Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira and thirteen barrels of the Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Ports are being released.

"Ribeira Vintage Port is possibly the best wine that this vineyard has ever produced," a spokesman said."Quinta do Vesuvio do consistently produces some of the greatest wines in the , and the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Vintage Ports have each been rated 98 points by Wine Spectator, a rare feat for any vineyard anywhere in the world."

Both vineyards are situated in the Superior region of Portugal, 30km from the Spanish border.

Paul Symington

2013 saw excellent conditions throughout August, and the company was able to pick the grapes before the onslaught of unsettled weather during the main picking season

According to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates, port is set to overtake sherry in value sales in the off-trade in the next two years if current trends continue. Port saw strong sales over the key Christmas period this year, however he argued that it was vital that Port houses build on the momentum and ensure the category remains relevant not only to the wine trade but to consumers.

The family company is one of the leading quality Port producer, with brands such as Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's and Warre's. It is also the leading vineyard owner in the valley with 1006 hectares (2,486 acres) of vines at 27 quintas.