The Symington family, with Scottish, English and Portuguese ancestry has been present in the Douro for five generations since 1882 and through the current generations great grandmother, the familys links to the wines of the Douro span 14 generations, to the mid-17th century and to the very beginnings of the history of Port. The family has 2,071 hectares of land in the Douro Valley across 27 individual estates. These properties, known as quintas, have just over 1,000 ha of vines, the vast majority of which are planted on terraces, and amount to the most significant vineyard holding in the region. Generations of Symington winemakers have planted and cared for these estates, accumulating knowledge that they have employed in the making of some of the finest Ports and Douro wines. These vineyards are at the heart of the familys wines. Symington Family Estates is an entirely family-owned and managed company and is one of the leading quality Port producers, responsible for the making of approximately 32% of all premium Port categories. Five of the family, Paul, Johnny, Rupert, Dominic and Charles work together maintaining the vineyards and making the wines of their four historic Port houses: Grahams, Cockburns, Dows and Warres. The family also own Quinta do Vesúvio, one of Portugals greatest vineyard estates. Pauls daughter Charlotte and Ruperts sister Clare also work with the family in the UK.
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