The Prats and Symington project, which was launched in 1999, was born out of shared vision of producing exceptional Douro wines, using the Bordeaux wine making expertise of Bruno Prats and the knowledge and experience of Symington Family Estates – the world’s leading premium Port producer and owner of some of the finest vineyards in the Douro valley.Today P&S are producing wines which are widely regarded as some of the best from the region. For decades, Bruno Prats’ name was synonymous with the Château of Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, where he was CEO and winemaker until 1998, when his family decided to sell the business. Prats then turned his attention overseas, establishing wineries and joint ventures in Chile and South Africa. In 1998 the Symington family, who had established a friendship with him through the family wine network Primum Familiae Vini, approached Bruno to form a new joint venture in the Douro Valley, where Prats would apply his Bordeaux winemaking skills and experience to premium fruit from the Symington vineyards.
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As the world’s leading Premium Port producer, and owner of some of the finest vineyards in the Douro valley, the Symington terroir combined with Prats’ expertise was potentially a marriage made in heaven. This partnership took shape in 1999 with the creation of Prats & Symington as an equal partnership between the two families.
Prats & Symington is now the owner of two prime Douro estates, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Roriz - which sits in a natural amphitheatre on the banks of the Douro - gives strong minerality to the wines, while Perdiz - which lies on a steep gradient in the Rio Torto - produces ripe, soft, velvety wines in the relatively warmer climate. These estates are planted by grape variety and the wine can be produced separately up to the final stage of blending.
Both estates have a high proportion of the Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca varietals which Prats & Symington considers best suited to making outstanding Douro DOC wines. Chryseia and its partner wines are now produced at the dedicated dry red winery facility at Quinta de Roriz. Although the winemaking process is managed on site by Luis Coelho under the supervision of Pedro Correia, Charles Symington and Bruno Prats are personally involved in producing the final blends and during all the vital stages of production, from vinification to ageing.
Following the acquisition of the Quinta de Roriz vineyard and winery in 2009, Prats & Symington has added the Prazo de Roriz and Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port labels to its range of wines.