Two great winemaking traditions
The Symingtons of Scottish, English, and Portuguese descent have been port producers in northern Portugal since 1882. Today, 10 members of the family work side-by-side across their four historic port houses – Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s, and Warre’s – and their still wine portfolio. They own 27 different vineyards across the Douro, Alentejo, and Vinho Verde regions, with a total of 1,140 hectares under vine, and are committed to pushing the boundaries of sustainable viticulture and winemaking.
The fourth & fifth generations of the Symington family.
The Prats family comes from a line of Bordeaux Château owners and at one time owned Château Margaux. Bruno Prats was co-owner and winemaker at Cos d’Estournel for 30 years. His son, Jean-Guillaume, was CEO of Cos d’Estournel for 10 years, and spent five years as CEO of Château Lafite, Château L'Évangile, and Château Rieussec. In addition to the Prats + Symington partnership, the Prats are partners at Klein Constantia in South Africa and Viña Aquitania in Chile.
Bruno Prats with his two sons Jean-Guillaume and Florent
Our two families forged a friendship through the Primum Familiae Vini (PFV), an association of 12 of the world's finest wine-producing families. The PFV promotes the traditions and values of family-owned wine companies and ensures that such ideals prosper for future generations.
Left to right: Bruno Prats, Charles Symington (Head Winemaker at Symington Family Estates), and Rupert Symington (CEO of Symington Family Estates)
“ Powerful but elegant and balanced with depth and great finesse, Chryseia represented a new style of red wine from the Douro. ”
Charles Symington, Head Winemaker at Symington Family Estates