Graham's

Graham’s Ports stand out for their intense, opulent, sweet style, with great concentration of rich fruit and floral aromas and flavours, and the backbone of tannins to ensure a long life in bottle.

History

In the late 18th century the Scottish Graham family were merchants with interests in both Portugal and India, “among the merchant princes of Great Britain” according to a contemporary historian.  In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham established the firm W&J Graham’s in Porto with the intention of specialising in the production of the finest Port wines.  Over the course of the 19th century their Ports achieved an extraordinary reputation for consistent quality, and in 1890 the firm made two substantial investments to ensure the continued success and quality of their wines:  the purchase of Quinta dos Malvedos in the heart of the Douro wine growing region, and the building of the magnificent Lodge on a hill overlooking Porto and Gaia, where the wines are aged in perfect conditions.

In 1882 Andrew James Symington came to Porto to join the firm of W & J Graham’s, though on the general trading side.  After a few years he left the firm and became involved with the Port trade through other ventures, notably his association with Warre & Co.  In 1970 AJS’s grandsons purchased W & J Graham’s, ensuring the future of this renowned Port producer.

A more detailed history of Graham’s and of the Symington family can be found on the Graham’s website.

Quintas

The Graham family were among the first English producers to purchase their own property in the Douro, Quinta dos Malvedos.  This beautiful property is ideally situated in the heart of the region on the banks of the river with a southfacing aspect.  In the 19th century the property was already known to produce fine wines, “considered to be of the very first quality, among the best in the Douro” according to the Viscount of Villa Maior in his survey of the Douro region.

Graham’s were also very astute in identifying and nurturing relationships with other producers, ensuring the supply of top quality wines every year, and establishing the basis for the extraordinarily consistent quality of their Vintage Ports.  Henry Vizatelly, writing about the Douro in 1877, mentions “several quintas adjoining each other, all of which yield high-class growths, purchased for many years past by Messrs W and J Graham, of Oporto.”  The Symington family have continued this tradition, working with many of the same families and properties that have supplied Graham’s for generations.  One example of this is Quinta das Lages, in the Rio Torto Valley, which has been a key contributor to the Graham’s blend for 100 years or more.

In addition, the Symington family have acquired other quintas which are dedicated to supplying grapes for Graham’s, including Quinta do Vale de Malhadas in the Douro Superior just east of Quinta do Vesuvio, as well as Quinta do Tua and Quinta da Vila Velha which are situated just up and down river respectively of Quinta dos Malvedos.

See detailed viticultural profiles for all these Quintas:  Malvedos (which bottles a Quinta Vintage Port), Tua (which occasionally bottles a Quinta Vintage Port), Lages and Vila Velha.

Flavour Profile

Graham’s Ports stand out for their intense, opulent, sweet style, with great concentration of rich fruit and floral aromas and flavours, and the backbone of tannins to ensure a long life in bottle.

The Wines

Graham's declares a Vintage Port only in exceptional years, perhaps three times in a decade, and in the intervening years may produce a Quinta Vintage Ports from Quinta dos Malvedos or Quinta do Tua.  These Quinta Vintage Ports are aged in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for 10 years or more after harvest, before being released to the market, ready for enjoyment.

Graham’s Vintage Ports are outstanding for their consistent quality and long life.  James Suckling’s series of notes for old vintages tasted in 1990 confirm this – how many wines, after 40 or more years, are rated so highly and noted as “will improve with age” ? 

1927:  This is a classically structured wine with mountains of ripe fruit and an excellent balance of tannins… wonderfully rich finish.  (94/100)

1935:  Incredible richness and wonderful finesses on the nose and palate… great balance.  A joy to drink.  (94/100)

1945:  It is still very concentrated but extremely well balanced and mellow… will improve with age. (95/100)

1948:  Great class and power … wonderful depth of racy fruit here.  Good now but will improve. (95/100)

Graham’s 2000 Vintage Port scored 98 out of 100 points with the Wine Spectator and was placed 9th in their “Top 100 Wines of the World.”  James Suckling wrote of this wine:

Graham’s is a shining example of an established Port house pushing the boat out to make even better wines through better viticulture and winemaking methodology.  This is the greatest young Vintage Port from Graham I have ever tasted, and perhaps it will be better in the long term than the legendary 1948.

See details of all the years in which Graham's was made

  1. 2011
  2. 2007
  3. 2003
  4. 2000
  5. 1997
  6. 1994
  7. 1991
  8. 1985
  9. 1983
  10. 1980
  11. 1977
  12. 1975
  13. 1970
  14. 1966
  15. 1963
  16. 1960
  17. 1955
  18. 1948
  19. 1945
  20. 1942
  21. 1935
  22. 1927
  23. 1924
  24. 1920
  25. 1917
  26. 1912
  27. 1908
  28. 1904
  29. 1901
  30. 1897
  31. 1896
  32. 1894
  33. 1892
  34. 1890

See details of all the years in which Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos was made

  1. 2015
  2. 2012
  3. 2010
  4. 2009
  5. 2008
  6. 2006
  7. 2005
  8. 2004
  9. 2002
  10. 2001
  11. 1999
  12. 1998
  13. 1996
  14. 1995
  15. 1992
  16. 1990
  17. 1988
  18. 1987
  19. 1986
  20. 1984
  21. 1982
  22. 1979
  23. 1978
  24. 1976
  25. 1968
  26. 1965
  27. 1964
  28. 1962
  29. 1961
  30. 1958
  31. 1957
  32. 1954
  33. 1953
  34. 1952
  35. 1951
  36. 1950

See details of all the years in which Graham's The Stone Terraces was made

  1. 2015
  2. 2011


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