30 years of Vesuvius in the hand of the Symington

Vesuvius belonged to D. Antónia Ferreira, charismatic figure of the Douro and owner of numerous farms in this region. The farm remained in the family's possession until 1989, when it was purchased by Symington Family Estates to several descendants of the Ferreira family. An acquisition that aimed to produce high quality wines and market them, in line with a Château Bordeaux, but without losing the character of the Douro. After 30 years in the hand of the Symington, the family reveals the work done since then until now. An occasion that also allowed the launch of the new harvest 2017 of the red Quinta do Vesuvius.

The huge hills covered by robust vine heights become even more impressive at the as we approach Quinta do Vesúvio Douro Superior, in Numão, Municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Coa. Until a recent past this property belonged, for more than one century, to the Ferreira family, holder of strong traditions in the world of wine. Symington too - the English family that acquired the farm in 1989 - have their history linked to wine since 1882, when Andrew James Symington established in Portugal. This 18-year-old Scottish woman whose family knew the Graham's in Glasgow decided to embark towards our country with the aim of acquiring outdoor experience, starting soon to work in the company that friends and country men had to market Port wine.

Currently in the 4th and 5th generation, the Symington family is increasingly struggling to produce remarkable wines from a farm that is one of the most beautiful and emblematic in the region. Quinta do Vesuvius is known for its Single Quinta Vintage and, above all, its Vintage, the porto style that occupies the top spot in the hierarchy of these wines. However, since 2009, the Symington have also bet on the production of quality red wines, taking advantage of the enormous potential that the property also had for this style of wines.

Currently in the 4th and 5th generation, the Symington family produces remarkable wines in Vesuvius

The best way to show the work done in recent years was through proof of the best wines since the property belongs to them, guided by Rupert Symington (CEO) and Charles Symington (winemaker and production director), still present Peter Symington, charles's father, now reformed, but at the time the responsible for oenology. 

Revealing evidence

A decade of best reds, three decades of the best vintages. The Reds 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016; and vintages 1995, 2000, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

For many years Vesuvius has only produced Ports but the property has a huge wealth of terroirs and plots with unique conditions to produce high quality red wines. As he moved forward in the new challenge of producing them, the family began by experimenting in 2007. By then, they already knew what varieties they would use (Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca mostly) and what style of wines they wanted. As Chryseia had been doing at Quinta de Roriz since 2000, they also knew they wanted a different wine from the previous one. Unlike chryseia's embroidering profile there, the reds would have a powerful and intense duriense profile, albeit with an elegance that many wines in the region fail to reach. And they did it.

They all have power but are not very extracted. All with excellent presence and freshness and still with much to give. Quinta do Vesuvius 2011 (from very elegant aromas, fruit and a vegetable side to green peppers, and in the powerful mouth, fresh and elegant, very balanced) and Quinta do Vesuvius 2014 (with more intense profile, with aromas of cocoa and balsamic and also a very interesting floral side. In the mouth it feels that it has not yet reached the maximum balance, but it is a great wine, equally complex and elegant).

The new harvest launched 2017 (very good but still with tannins in need of time) is the ninth edition of DOC Douro Quinta do Vesuvius, since wine was not produced in 2010 and 2013 (years in which the appropriate weather conditions were not met for achieve the qualitative potential and expected longevity for a wine of this gauge)

For Quinta do Vesuvius vintages, in the race stood out to harvests 2017 (with a captivating aromatic intensity, very floral, engaging, powerful, very complete) and 2011, also a large wine, of excellent acidity, very sophisticated and balanced, undoubtedly an exceptional year.    

About Symington Family Estates

The Symington of Scottish, English and Portuguese descent have been producers of Port wine in northern Portugal since 1882. For five generations they have combined their passion to produce high quality Port wines and wines with a strong commitment to the region and its people. Today, 10 Symington work in its four famous houses in Porto — Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's and Warre's, as well as in their Douro wine projects: Quinta do Vesúvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano and Prats & Symington (Chryseia), as well as the new project of Quinta da Fonte Souto in alto alentejo. Symington Family Estates is one of the leading producers of Premium Ports and the family owns vineyards in the Douro with 26 farms making up 2,240 hectares, of which 1,024 of which came. The vineyards are managed under sustainability principles, and 112 hectares are biologically certified — the largest biological vineyard area in the Douro. Symington is unique among the main producers of Porto, as each family member has its own vineyards that manages side by side with the vineyards owned by the family business.