AJF Port Wines
AJF has a lot of information on ports on line, plus a price list
and ordering instructions for their own.
The Burmester Company, originally established in 1730, has specialized
since 1750 in the production and export of Port Wines. The name
Burmester comes from "Burgmeester", an important civic
position held by the family during the Middle Age in Moelln,
a small German city in the south of Luebeck.
In 1815 Robert Cockburn, a member of a famous scottish family,
founded the company of Cockburn's in Vila Nova de Gaia, opposite
Oporto at the mouth of the river Douro. the Cockburn family crest,
a cockered on a coronet, has become a symbol of the company and
appears on all bottles of Cockburn's port.
A very well known name in Port, Dow's was established in 1798
by a Portuguese merchant, Bruno da Silva. Dow's is made with
Touriga Francesca, Touriga Nacional, Barroca, Roriz and Tinto
The most distinguished of all Port houses. A.A. Ferreira is the
only Port wine company founded by a family of Douro wine growers
and is located in the Upper Douro Region which is the home of
The name Gilberts appears associated to Port Wine for the first
time about one century ago. Karl Gilbert, born 1875 in Metz,
Lorraine, arrived still in his youth to Oporto, birth place of
his mother, belonging to a family devoted for several generations
to the Port Wine trade.
Gould Campbell Port
Gould Campbell was founded in 1797 when Garret Gould, prompted
by the political strife wracking his native Ireland, sailed to
the hospitable shores of Portugal.
Graham's was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and
John Graham. Graham's Vintage Ports have always been rated in
the top two or three of all Port houses. In some undeclared years
Malvedos wine is so good that it is bottled as Malvedos Vintage
Imported from Portugal. Offley Forrester was established in 1737
by William Offley who was joined by Joseph James Forrester in
1831. Joseph Forrester studied wine growing, used the best plants
and reorganized the vineyards.
Quinta do Vesuvio
Although historical records mention Vesuvio as early as 1565,
it was primarily under the auspices of the Douro's redoubtable
widow, Dona AntÛnia Adelaide Ferreira, that this vineyard
estate acquired its legendary reputation.
As the only French-founded Port wine producer, Rozés differs
considerably from the English and Portuguese port wine houses.
Stop by their site and see how!
Sandeman has a vintage port from 1982 and 1994, and a single
quinta vintage from 1988. They also have the typical 20-year
tawny, LBV, and other ports.
Most of the Smith Woodhouse wines come from the Rio Torto area
in the Upper Douro, the majority of them still produced by treading
the grapes by foot in stone lagares.
Symington is the parent family of quite a few port wines - Warre,
Graham, Dow, Smith Woodhouse / Gould Cambpell, and Quinta do
Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman
In existance for over 300 years, TF and is one of the vey oldest
Port companies. It is the last totally independent company of
the original British Port houses and it is still family owned
The pioneer and oldest of all the great British Port companies
is Warre's, founded in 1670. Their principal vineyard, Quinta
da Cavadinha, is located in Alto Douro, some 120 Kms east of
the city of Oporto.
John Blandy first set foot on Madeira in 1807 when, as a 23 year
old soldier, he was posted to the island with a British Army
garrison under the command of General Beresford, sent to help
the Portuguese thwart any invasion attempt by Napoleon's navy.
Cossart Gordon Madeira
Cossart Gordon and Co. was established in 1745 and is the oldest
company in the Madeira trade. The company was founded by two
Scotsmen, Francis Newton and William Gordon who fled Scotland
following the failure of the Stuart cause which they supported.
The Leacocks first landed on the lush green sub-tropical Atlantic
island of Madeira in 1741 and were later to establish themselves
as one of the leading families in the Madeira Wine trade.
Madeira Wine Company
The origins of the Madeira Wine Company started in 1913 when
two companies, Welsh and Cunha and Henriques and Camara, joined
forces to form the Madeira Wine Association Lda.
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