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Global Availability of Port Wines

May 11, 2012
Question by: Jeff, New York, USA

Q:

For a globally recognized brand, why are some ports only bottled for a particular region and not brought over this side of the pond?  For example the Grahams 1952?

A:

Hi Jeff, The 1952 Single Harvest Tawny has just been released in a special commemorative packaging in conjunction with the Queen's Jubilee.  Clearly, the demand for this product will be highest in the UK during this Jubilee year, so the initial release has been restricted to the United Kingdom and Portugal.  As you can read on the Graham's Blog

The first release of  Graham’s 1952 Single Harvest Tawny will be just 1,000 individually numbered bottles, available individually or in hand crafted oak gift cases of 3 bottles.  Additionally ten jeroboams (4.5 litre bottles) will be released.

Berry Brothers & Rudd, the exclusive UK vendors of the 1952, are able to ship most wines to the USA - take a look at their website for more details.  Here in Portugal, we have such a small quantity allocated, most outlets will be able to offer only three bottles each!

Many of our Ports are simply rare and precious, and we only have small quantities.  For this reason, we plan our distribution according to demand - some markets have a greater interest in certain styles of Port than other markets.  For example, the Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 has already been released in the USA, as Americans generally have a keen appetite for young Vintage Port, but it is not yet available here in Portugal or anywhere else. 

Any time you are looking for one of our Ports, feel free to contact us here and we will do our best to help you source it.



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