Founded in 1670, Warre’s is the oldest British Port company established in Portugal. Its is the history of two families: the Warres and the Symingtons.The first Warre, William, arrived in Portugal in 1729 and became a partner in the export company Messrs. Clark, Thornton & Warre, which exported Portuguese wine among other goods. By the 18th century, Warre’s had become one of the leading companies in the Port trade. The Symington family joined Warre & Co in 1905 and in 1908 became the soul owners. The Symington family, now 5th generation Port producers, have managed Warre’s for over 100 years and continue to drive it forwards today. Currently six members of the Symington family are actively involved in Warre’s day-to-day management, with the dedication and long-term commitment that are unique to a family-run business.
For 350 years Warre’s has been a pioneer in the Port trade, from advances in the winery to viticultural research. Sourced from three vineyards – Quinta da Cavadinha, Quinta do Retiro Antigo, and Quinta da Telhada – the majority of the Port produced is made with modern methods, using state-of-the-art vinification technology, however a small proportion is still produced by the time-honored method of treading.
The Symington family’s centuries-long dedication to the Douro is reflected in its status as a B-Corporation. Committed to sustainability, in 2019 Symington Family Estates passed the rigorous certification process to become a B Corporation, where they join a global community of for-profit companies assessed for the highest standards of social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.