Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. William Warre joined as partner in 1729, and the company became known as Warre. The Warre family worked in the wine trade at Oporto for over 200 years. Sir William Warre, grandson of the Warre dynasty’s founder, distinguished himself as a lieutenant general under the Duke of Wellington, defending Portugal against Napoleon’s invasion. The vast lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, where ports are still aged and stored, were built in 1890 by George Warre, a nephew of Sir William. Andrew James Symington, great-grandfather of the current managing director of Warre’s, sailed to Portugal in 1863. After establishing himself as a well-known merchant in the port trade, he became associated with Warre’s in 1905. In 1912 the Warre family chose to return to England where they would look after sales, while the Symingtons managed operations in Portugal. Today James Symington is the director of Warre & Co. Ltd.