Fonseca Guimaraens Port Winery
Considered by top wine experts to be the "Petrus of Port", Fonseca is quite definitely one of the best Ports in the world. The company of Fonseca Guimaraens was established in 1822, when Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired control of the Fonseca & Monteiro Company. The Fonseca family, of Brazilian origin, had been involved in trade (primarily in wine, but also olive oil and cloth, which they exchanged in Brazil for sugar cane and hemp from the colonies). As a condition of the sale of his shares to Guimaraens, the Fonsecas stipulated that their name be retained as a brand name for whoever should own the business. Over the next twenty years, assisted by his oldest son, Manuel Fonseca Guimaraens, Manuel Pedro developed the important British, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian markets. By 1840, Fonseca was the second largest exporter of port wines and near the end of that decade, the firm shipped its first vintage port, the 1847, to England.
Despite becoming part of the bigger Fladgate Partnership group (which also owns Taylors and Croft), family has played an important part in every Fonseca Vintage Port since the beginning. Frank Guimaraens was the winemaker from 1896 until 1948, his daughter, Dorothy Guimaraens, following his death, made the wines until 1955. Bruce Duncan Guimaraens, the great-great grandson of the founder, made every Vintage from 1960 to 1992, and was followed by his son, David Guimaraens, in 1994. David is a prodigy winemaker who formalized his education in enology at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia and who has experience winemaking in Australia, California and Oregon. He is the current head winemaker for tailors and Croft as well. Fonseca manage to stand out slightly from the rest of the Port Houses as being that extra bit special. The best way to possibly appreciate the wine would be to taste it at the historic Quinta (winery), drinking in the history, the dramatic scenery and of course, spectacular Port Wines.
Winery Facts & Figures
These grapes account for 91.3 percent of the Fonseca quintas' total plantings, ave. yield, over the three properties, of only 24.2 hectolitres per hectare
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