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Symington's Quinta do Vesuvio Anniversary Box

December 2, 2011
Question by: Andrew, Colchester, UK

Q:

Hi, I am no Port expert but have the option to buy a nice looking box set of 6 vintage Ports.  It says Symington's Quinta do Vesuvio Anniversary Limited Edition and comes in a wooden chest which locks with a key at the front, has 2 flaps which open under the lid.  There are 6 plaques possibly made of china with the years on and a signed card that is for 8?  I have been looking for information on the internet for days now but cannot find anything about it or its value.  Can you help?  Many thanks.

A:

Hi Andrew, this very special Quinta do Vesuvio Anniversary case (released in 1999)  you mention was made to commemorate 10 years of ownership of Quinta do Vesuvio and should contain eight Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Ports from the years 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.  There should also be eight porcelain bin labels matching each of the years of these wines.  If you click on each of these years you can see the tasting notes from top critics for each of these wines.  The large card was signed by the various members of the Symington Family. 

Symington Family Estates are not active in the secondary market so we cannot advise you on the value of this box. Your best bet is to consult the auction houses and top wine merchants in your area for advice on the market and possible value.  In the UK best contacts are Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's, and you might also approach Berry Brothers and Rudd, who run BBX, an on-line trading service for their customers. 

For information about the considerations in buying Vintage Port, particularly in the secondary market, check out our guidelines on Purchasing Vintage Port, under the Enjoying Port menu tab above.  Most importantly, find out how the wine has been stored - poor storage can compromise even the most magnificent wines.



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