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Posted by David Eley on 06-09-2008
Yet another Douro grape harvest is under way and I will soon be in northern Portugal to record this year's frenetic activity amid the extraordinary vine-clad terraces. This seems like a good moment to announce the publication of our very first Symington Family Estates feature within the New Douro microsite. In this two-part illustrated essay, Rupert Symington provides a frank assessment of wine making in the world's oldest demarcated wine region and his cousin Charles reveals something of his immense viticultural responsibilities in managing nearly 1000 hectares of premium vines. S.F.E.'s steadily expanding stable of high quality D.O.C. table wines encompass the classic ‘Chryseia', a well-established Franco-Portuguese partnership with Bruno Prats and the much anticipated single Quinta wine ‘Vesuvio', to be launched early in 2009.
Given this summer's unpredictable weather in France and the UK, I am keeping my fingers crossed for some blue skies and clement conditions, all images and stories from this year's vindima will go online later in the autumn, for full details and regular updates subscribe to our electronic newsletter ‘Picture Post'.
Posted on 15-10-2008
Was great meeting you David. Yes the skies were blue and the photos magnific! Looking forward to see your work on your website!