The name Symington is synonymous with the Port business. The family has been producing premium fortified wine in the Douro Valley for over 130 years. But, in addition to the beloved Ports of Graham’s, Warres, Cockburn’s, and Dow’s, the family produces a stellar selection of still wines, including their Quinta da Fonte Souto Braco ($25) from southern Alentejo.
One of the family’s most recent acquisitions, taking ownership in 2017, the winery sits at 1600+ feet on the slopes of the Sao Mamede Mountain. Producing both authentic red and white wine from classic Portuguese varieties, the wines showcase the character of the rugged, dry region, delivering both a fruity freshness melding with an earthy, almost woodsy core. Produced from predominantly Arinto with about 25% Verdelho, the fragrant wine opens with white peach and golden plum, wrapped with a touch of fresh cream and vanilla, enhanced by partial barrel fermentation and aging. A beautiful wine to consider if you are a Chardonnay fan and want to think a bit outside the box. #cheers