Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in the city of Porto, Portugal, and was later acquired by the Symington family. The year 2020 sees this illustrious Port house celebrate 200 years in the pursuit of excellence with a series of events and special releases.
During the bicentennial year, the Symington family will host a global series of by invitation-only dinners, hosted in Porto, London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The dinners will see members of the fourth and fifth generation announce an exclusive release to mark the bicentennial.
Subsequent special releases will follow later in the year to commemorate the historic moment for Graham’s, building on the company’s heritage to honour the craftsmanship that goes into producing wines of such consistent quality.
During the summer, two dinners for the public will be held at the Graham’s Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto. This will be the first time since the lodge was built in 1890 that members of the public will be able to dine amongst the barrels. The evening will include a live music performance and a food pairing menu matched with a special line-up of Graham’s Ports. The tickets will be announced on the brand’s Instagram page and 40 will be available per evening.
Late summer will also see Graham’s host a consumer-facing pop up in London, offering the opportunity for new and existing fans alike the chance to toast the bicentennial.
Johnny Symington, Chairman of Symington Family Estates commented, “This year marks an incredibly special moment for Graham’s. My great grandfather, AJ, began his life in the Port trade working at Graham’s in 1882. Two generations later, my father’s generation were offered the opportunity to acquire the brand. As a family, we are extremely proud to have made such outstanding wines throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to be able to continue this extraordinary legacy into the twenty-first century. We’re looking forward to continuing the Graham’s journey and striving to push the boundaries in every aspect of our family business.”
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