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Graham’s Port celebrates 200th anniversary
Leading Port brand plans global events and special releases to mark Bicentenary
Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in the city of Porto, Portugal, and was later acquired by the Symington family.
During this bicentennial year, the Symington family will host a global series of dinners, hosted in Porto, London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The dinners will see members of the fourth and fifth generation announce an exclusive release to mark the bicentennial.
Subsequent special releases will follow later in the year to commemorate the historic moment for Graham’s, building on the company’s heritage to honour the craftsmanship that goes into producing wines of such consistent quality.
Johnny Symington, Chairman of Symington Family Estates said: “This year marks an incredibly special moment for Graham’s. My great grandfather, AJ, began his life in the Port trade working at Graham’s in 1882. Two generations later, my father’s generation was offered the opportunity to acquire the brand. As a family, we are extremely proud to have made such outstanding wines throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and to be able to continue this extraordinary legacy into the 21st century.”
As part of Symington Family Estates’ ongoing commitment to supporting social and environmental causes, they have agreed a long-term collaboration with Rewilding Portugal. The partnership builds on the Symington’s current sustainability work, which is helping to contribute to a positive future for the Douro region.
The partnership has three focus areas:
- Supporting Rewilding Portugal’s activity to encourage the development of businesses and social enterprises whose activity supports the conservation of the natural environment
- Implementing rewilding practices on Symington estates
- Providing Symington employees with opportunities to volunteer with Rewilding Portugal.
The Symington family - of Scottish, English and Portuguese descent - has been producing Port in northern Portugal since 1882. Today, ten Symingtons work across their four Port houses: Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s, as well as with their several Douro wine brands.
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