There is a natural affinity between wine and family. Long-term vision and commitment from many generations are essential for the success of a family wine company. A newly planted vineyard takes time to produce great wines and often requires a lifetime’s work to yield best results.
The Symington family, with Scottish, English and Portuguese ancestry has been present in the Douro for five generations — since 1882. Through the current generation's great grandmother, the family's links to the wines of the Douro, span 14 generations to the mid-17th century, the very beginnings of the history of Port.
'We are rather a curious blend of nationalities; a mixture of Scottish rationality and hard work, English common sense and Portuguese flair, emotion and romanticism.' -Paul Symington.