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The Symington family’s Quinta do Bomfim lagar winery and visitor centre has opened in the Douro. The new winery has 6 lagares that will receive the grapes from Quinta do Bomfim as well as those of family vineyards in the nearby Rio Torto and Pinhão valleys.

During the harvest visitors will be able to watch how Port is made from a specially built viewing platform. At other times of year a short film will show how the grapes ferment in the lagares.

Visitors are received in a historic schist-built warehouse that contains a rare collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs of the Douro, as well as historic documents that record centuries of farming in these mountain vineyards. Also on show is a replica Barco Rabelo built by craftsmen at the world famous Lisbon Maritime Museum. An adjoining building contains a private room for special tastings and events.

Tours include a visit to the Bomfim Old Lodge built by George Warre in 1896, just 16 years before Andrew Symington became a partner of Dow’s in 1912. This magnificent warehouse contains 14 seasoned oak vats that have matured every young Dow’s Vintage since the late 19th century.

Tastings are available in a room with spectacular 180˚ views of the valley, as well as on a shaded terrace overlooking the river. The more active visitors will be able to walk through the Bomfim vineyards, opting for either a short 20 minute tour or two longer walks.

The Symington family hope that Bomfim will become a ‘must-see’ part of any visit to the Douro. This vineyard is located at the cross-roads of the Alto Douro and less than three hundred meters from Pinhão railway station and the river marina.

With this opening, travellers who arrive at Pinhão can at last walk easily into the vineyards and also enjoy a five-star welcome

The Dow’s 2007 and 2011 Vintage Ports, both considered to be amongst the finest Vintage Ports of recent decades, were born in the Quinta do Bomfim vineyards which are now open to the public.

Wine Spectator

  • Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port: 100 Points (The only Port made in the 21st century with WS 100 Points).
  • Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port: Best Wine in the World 2014.

About Symington Family Estates

The Symingtons have been Port producers for five generations since 1882 but their involvement in Port dates back fourteen generations to 1652 through their great-grandmother Beatrice Leitão de Carvalhosa Atkinson. The family company is the leading quality Port producer with companies such as Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s as well as being the leading vineyard owner in the Douro Valley with 1 006 hectares (2 486 acres) of vines at 27 Quintas.  Many of the region’s finest Quintas belong to the family.

Copyright: Symington Family Estates


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