Casa dos Ecos, the symington family's new restoration space in partnership with the michelin-starred Chef at Quinta do Bomfim, opened at the end of July and will be open until mid-November. The menu includes DOC and Symington Port wines.
The wine tourism offer at Quinta do Bomfim is now more complete with the opening of this space where Chef Pedro Lemos uses local products to prepare a menu in constant updating in the four months of activity of the restaurant, which cross the summer and autumn, also covering the harvest period. The 'Casa dos Ecos', thus serves regional dishes of the Douro, using traditional techniques, including confection in a wood oven. "We want to make genuine cuisine, respecting the products of the time and the region. I have discovered new suppliers and re-engaged in relationships with others who are supporting us in this new challenge.'
It was thus, in less than fifteen days, with this desire to work and do something different in the midst of a pandemic, that Pedro Lemos called the Symington family challenging them to make a restaurant in the middle of Quinta do Bomfim, an invitation accepted almost immediately, thus complementing the already complete offer of wine tourism existing in the emblematic property.
Casa dos Ecos in Quinta do Bomfim, which now gives its name to this pop-up space, is located on an elevated point surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the Douro River. The property is one of the most iconic properties in the family, famous for producing Dow's Harbour and where five generations of Symington worked the vineyard. It was there, too, that some family members played as a child, listening to the echoes of their own voices, hence there was a sentimental connection to the place.
The restaurant is open from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and follows guidelines and measures stipulated by the Directorate-General for Health. Table reservation is advised. "We are very happy with this partnership, we have embraced this challenge with great enthusiasm, even in this difficult time. But we also believe it will help complement the region's offering and surprise by the quality of our products and chef Pedro Lemos' says Johnny Symington, Chairman of Symington Family Estates.
The Symington, of Scottish, English and Portuguese descent, have been producing Port wine in northern Portugal since 1882. For five generations, they have combined their passion for producing high-quality wines, especially Port wines with their strong commitment to the region and its people. Today, ten members of the Symington family work in their four famous Port wine houses – Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's and Warre's – as well as in their Douro wine projects: Quinta do Vesúvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano, Prats & Symington (Chryseia) and, its most recent, Quinta da Fonte Souto, in Alto Alentejo.
Symington Family Estates is one of the main producers of premium ports and the family is the main owner of vineyards in the Douro, with 26 farms covering 2,420 hectares, of which 1,114 hectares of vineyards. The vineyards are managed under sustainability principles, and 130 hectares are organicly certified – the largest area of organic vines in the Douro. The family has made significant investments in R&D in viticulture to adapt to climate change, and promotes an ambitious sustainability plan called 'Mission 2025', which integrates a set of goals. In 2019, the company achieved B Corporation certification, becoming the first wine company in Portugal to take this important step, joining a global business community audited to the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility, with a commitment to use the business as a force for good.