Symington Family Estates, the world’s leading Port producer with a market share of over 33% of premium category Ports and a diverse portfolio of renowned companies including Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Warre’s, has once again taken centre stage at some of the most prestigious wine competitions: International Wine Challenge (IWC), Decanter World Wine Awards (Decanter) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), winning an outstanding total of 12 gold and 34 silver medals across the range of its Ports and Douro DOC wines.
The family’s wines met with particular success at the International Wine Challenge, scooping seven gold and 17 silver medals.
This is one of the world’s biggest and toughest wine competitions (10,000 entries) where all wines are tasted blind and meticulously judged by highly experienced tasters (the panel of senior judges included no less than 19 Masters of Wine).
Graham’s Ports alone won three of the gold and six of the silver medals. Graham’s is far and away the most successful Port House in the 30-year history of the IWC with a remarkable tally of 45 gold medals.
Very rewarding for the Symington family, following closely on the announcement of the declaration of its 2011 Vintage Ports, was the outstanding performance of the mature Vintage Ports submitted; the Graham’s 1983 and the Dow’s 1985 each earned Gold medals at both the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter World Wine Awards.
These awards underline a renewed interest in Vintage Port, fuelled in part by the tremendous success that the 2011 declaration is enjoying worldwide.
Cockburn’s also put in a stellar performance with its household favourite, Special Reserve Port, winning Silver for the third year running at the Wine Challenge, a clear endorsement of the outstanding quality that this wine has now achieved under family ownership. Cockburn’s Vintage Ports are also renewing the habit of taking gold: this year’s gold for the Quinta dos Canais 2010 Vintage follows the gold medals awarded last year for the Cockburn’s 2007 Vintage and the 2009 Quinta dos Canais Vintage.
These welcome accolades reflect the Symington family’s successful rehabilitation of this famous company, since taking over the vineyards in 2006 and ownership of the name in 2010.
The Symingtons have been producing Port in the Douro for over 125 years, through five generations, but can trace their ancestors’ involvement in Port back to 1652.