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TONG N°17
Port

Port is experiencing a new golden age. When multinationals entered the sector in the 1970s and 1980s they were able to take Port into the newly emerging distribution channels of supermarkets and major wholesalers. But their major disadvantage was their focus on volume, not on quality. The concentration of ownership back to a few family businesses, or family-controlled businesses, has allowed for a greater chance to sell premium and super-premium Ports; the sort of hand-selling that could never have been done by multinationals. The family businesses that are doing this, and that now have assumed the mantle of leadership of the category, are the companies that have been investing in their brands and been engaging in creative innovation for the last 40 years. These are the brands that have an authentic story to tell. Vintage Port, and also the revived category of Aged Tawny are very much back in the headlines.

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The Future of Port
A New Golden Age lies Ahead
by Adrian Bridge
 
How Port is Made
Bringing Modern Technology into Traditional Winemaking
by Charles Symington
 
Port Winemaking
Step-by-Step
by David Fonseca Guimaraens
 
The Art of Blending Port
About Tawny Ports
by David Fonseca Guimaraens
 
The Secret Role of Aguardente
How Spirit influences Port's Character
by David Fonseca Guimaraens
 
Saving Touriga Nacional
The Rebirth of a Grape Variety in the 1980s
by Miguel Côrte-Real
 
"Beneficio!"
The Classification of Port Vineyards
by Alberto Ribeiro de Almeida
 
The Story of Vintage Port
How Vintage Port became the Pinnacle of Port
by Paul Symington
 
A Century of Vintage Port
Declared Vintages from 1900 until 2011
by Paul Symington
 
Adrian Bridge
Born in Canada and educated in England, Adrian Bridge had a military and banking career before he was introduced to the world of Port. In May 1994, Adrian moved to Portugal to become the next generation in a family wine company that stretched back to 1692. He initiatively worked on USA and UK markets before taking responsibility for the company in 1998 and formally becoming CEO of The Fladgate Partnership in 2000. Although the group is primarily focused on quality Port (Taylor’s, Fonseca, Croft, Krohn and others), it has expanded into retailing, distribution and tourism. Adrian’s latest project was the construction of a five-star hotel, The Yeatman, in the historic port area of Oporto.

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Charles Symington
Charles Symington is the director of production at Symington Family Estates and oversees the production of all ports and table wines that the family produces. After his Masters in Oenology and Viticulture, Charles worked in South Africa, the UK and Chile before returning to Portugal, where he became the viticultural manager for his family’s estate whilst fine-tuning his winemaking skills with his father, Peter. During this time, Charles also graduated with an MBA. Peter Symington retired in 2009 and Charles took over the management of both viticulture and winemaking. He was twice awarded “Fortified Winemaker of the Year” by both the International Wine Challenge and “Revista Vinhos”.

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David Fonseca Guimaraens
David Guimaraens is the sixth-generation descendant of the founder of Fonseca Guimaraens. He studied oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia, and during his academic training and at the start of his career he worked in several wineries in Australia and America before returning to Portugal in 1990. As a Director of The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s, Fonseca, and Croft), David oversees viticulture, winemaking and ageing of the Ports in Vila Nova de Gaia. Supported by his viticulture team, David focuses on the evolution of sustainable mountain viticulture models, by combining traditional, empirical practices with modern viticultural techniques. In the winemaking arena, David was a pioneer in the modernization of fermentation technology for Port wine in the 1990s. He is particularly focused on the quality of the spirit used to fortify the wines and in the use of a broad range of traditional grape varieties.

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David Fonseca Guimaraens
David Guimaraens is the sixth-generation descendant of the founder of Fonseca Guimaraens. He studied oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia, and during his academic training and at the start of his career he worked in several wineries in Australia and America before returning to Portugal in 1990. As a Director of The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s, Fonseca, and Croft), David oversees viticulture, winemaking and ageing of the Ports in Vila Nova de Gaia. Supported by his viticulture team, David focuses on the evolution of sustainable mountain viticulture models, by combining traditional, empirical practices with modern viticultural techniques. In the winemaking arena, David was a pioneer in the modernization of fermentation technology for Port wine in the 1990s. He is particularly focused on the quality of the spirit used to fortify the wines and in the use of a broad range of traditional grape varieties.

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David Fonseca Guimaraens
David Guimaraens is the sixth-generation descendant of the founder of Fonseca Guimaraens. He studied oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia, and during his academic training and at the start of his career he worked in several wineries in Australia and America before returning to Portugal in 1990. As a Director of The Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s, Fonseca, and Croft), David oversees viticulture, winemaking and ageing of the Ports in Vila Nova de Gaia. Supported by his viticulture team, David focuses on the evolution of sustainable mountain viticulture models, by combining traditional, empirical practices with modern viticultural techniques. In the winemaking arena, David was a pioneer in the modernization of fermentation technology for Port wine in the 1990s. He is particularly focused on the quality of the spirit used to fortify the wines and in the use of a broad range of traditional grape varieties.

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Miguel Côrte-Real
Miguel Côrte-Real studied Agricultural Science in Coimbra, viticulture in Montpellier, and winemaking in Portugal and Australia. He joined Cockburn’s in 1978 as vineyard manager. In 1996 he was promoted to the Executive Committee as commercial and viticultural director, and in 2006 to global brand director and general manager. From 2000 to 2006 Côrte-Real was president of the Association for the Development of Douro Viticulture, an inter-professional body created by the major Port companies. Miguel has published several articles and works on clonal selection, double cordon pruning and canopy management, and has also lectured around the world. Being officially retired, Côrte-Real co-owns a small winery company which produces DOC Douro wines, called “Inquieto”.

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Alberto Ribeiro de Almeida
Alberto Ribeiro de Almeida is Coordinator of Legal Services of the “Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto”. He studied law at Coimbra University where he also obtained his Doctorate in Law, specialising in intellectual property and enterprise sciences. Alongside being a university professor, Almeida is a regular international speaker and has published two books on appellations of origin, geographical indications and trademarks.

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Paul Symington
Paul Symington is Chairman and Joint Managing Director of Symington Family Estates. He was educated at the Oporto British School, followed by the Oratory School in Berkshire, England. Paul subsequently studied French at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland before gaining a BA in Business Studies at the University of Westminster in London. He joined the family Port business in 1979. A year later he was made a director and in 1988 he was appointed Joint Managing Director. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of the family company. In 2012 Paul was nominated “Decanter Man of the Year”. He received the title of “Douro Personality of the Year” from the University of Vila Real (UTAD) and was awarded the “Medal of Merit” by the city of Vila Nova de Gaia in 2013. In July 2013 he took office as Vice President of the Council of the University of Porto. As well as chairing his family companies, Paul farms his own 15ha vineyard in the Douro valley.

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Paul Symington
Paul Symington is Chairman and Joint Managing Director of Symington Family Estates. He was educated at the Oporto British School, followed by the Oratory School in Berkshire, England. Paul subsequently studied French at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland before gaining a BA in Business Studies at the University of Westminster in London. He joined the family Port business in 1979. A year later he was made a director and in 1988 he was appointed Joint Managing Director. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of the family company. In 2012 Paul was nominated “Decanter Man of the Year”. He received the title of “Douro Personality of the Year” from the University of Vila Real (UTAD) and was awarded the “Medal of Merit” by the city of Vila Nova de Gaia in 2013. In July 2013 he took office as Vice President of the Council of the University of Porto. As well as chairing his family companies, Paul farms his own 15ha vineyard in the Douro valley.

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