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Wine Blending

June 23, 2011
Question by: Jacob, London, England

Q:

Is each lote (batch of wine) of  Port laid down at harvest for a particular house within the Symington group or is there any flexibility to put (e.g.) something from the Dow cellar into a Graham tawny if it would better suit that style?

A:

Hello again Jacob!  Every wine made from our own quintas is certainly earmarked for a specific brand, and there would be no cross blending:  so for example all the wines made at Quinta dos Malvedos will find their way into one or another of Graham's wines, and never turn up in a Warre's.  

Up until only about ten years ago the different brands were in fact legally separate entities, so there could not possibly have been any blending, and each brand also has its own dedicated armazens (cellars) for storing the wines in Vila Nova de Gaia.  Since the consolidation of the companies under the Symington Family Estates name we have continued that strict segregation.  The only flexibility may be with the wines made from grapes bought in from farmers, but even those have their traditional destinations, for example the wines from the Riba Longa (just east of Tua) going into Graham's or wines from certain farmers in the Rio Torto going into Quarles Harris.



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