Profile of Warre’s Port

Warre’s is widely regarded to be the oldest of the British Firms shipping Port, with records dating back to the 1670s. John Clark is the oldest known member of the company, later followed by Thornton, and finally being joined by William Warre in 1729. Before Mr. Warre came on board, the company had been steadily growing as the demand for Port became greater after the Methuen Treaty was signed in 1703. This treaty confirmed that England would defend Portugal in the war of Spanish succession. In exchange for preferential treatment for English textiles, it was agreed that the duty on Portuguese wines would be a third less than that levied on France.

William Warre, a new resident to Oporto in the same year of 1729, had been born in 1706 at Fort St. George in Madras in India. He became a partner in the Port company and from then on it was known as known as “Messrs Clarke, Thornton, and Warre”. Mr. Warre was the first British national to acquire land in Vila Nova da Gaia, across the river from Oporto, which is where the heart of the shipping business was to be established (and which today, wine lovers can visit the beautiful historic lodges). Warre married Elisabeth Whitehead, the sister of John Whitehead, architect of the famed Factory House and the Consul in Oporto.

Andrew Symington arrived from Scotland in the 1880s and worked alongside the Warre family until he finally took shares in the company in 1912. With financial hardship brought on by years of political instability and by prohibitive laws introduced (including the “Lei do Terco” or “Law of three” in the 1950s, which required each shipper to retain stocks of three times the amount they put up for sale). This wiped out plenty of wineries and it forced the Warre’s to sell the remaining shares to the Symingtons. Warre’s now forms part of the largest privately owned group in the port wine industry and is fully owned by the Symington Family.

Wines produced

  • Warre's Heritage Ruby Port

    A blend of traditional Douro varietals including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Fancesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Cao. Aged in oak cask for 3 years before bottling. 19% Alc.

  • Warre's King's Tawny

    Warre’s Kings Tawny is a three-year-old blend, which is less intensely colored and lighter in style than the ruby. Through selective and skilful blending it brings together the youthful fruit aromas of young wines and the fine balance and mellowness achieved through maturation in oak cask. 19% Alc.

  • Warre's Fine White

    100% fermented off the skins, made with traditional Douro varietals including Arinto, Codega, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato and Viosinho. Aged in oak casks for 3 years before bottling. 19% Alc.

  • Warre's Warrior Port

    The oldest brand of port in the world. Classic Port varietals are used and after aging for 4-5 years in Vilanova de Gaia at the Port lodge, the wines are drawn off and filtered lightly before bottling. 19% Alc.

  • Warre's Otima

    Aged 10 year old Tawny Port made with classic Douro grape varietals including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Fancesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Cao. Aged in oak casks for 10 years in Vilanova de Gaia, before bottling. 20% Alc.

  • Warre's Sir William 10 year Old Tawny

    Named after Sir William Warre, born in 1784, who fought in the Peninsular campaigns under the Duke of Wellington. This Port is made with the classic varietals, and then aged for minimum 10 years in the beautiful lodge. 20% Alc.

  • Warre's 20 Year Old Tawny Port

    Considered to be the Flagship wine, renowned the world over as one of the best Tawny Ports in existence. Skillfully blended with the best quality ports at least 20 years old, the result being delicious nutty and luscious. 20% Alc.

  • Warre's Traditional LBV

    The Warre's LBV is matured for 9 years before release, unusual and extremely high quality. Made from classic varietals, the wine is aged in seasoned oak casks for 4 years when it is then bottled unfined and unfiltered. After this, the wine is further aged for 9 years in bottle, critical to achieve the desired quality. Top class.

  • Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha

    Made from the wine produced at a Single Quinta Estate, a premium 40 hectare property in the Pinhão valley in the Alto Douro. The vines are minimum 25 years old, and are all classified as "Grade A". One of the best Ports in Warre's Portfolio.

Winery details

Warre’s Port

Tavessa do Barao de Forrester No. 10
Vila Nova de Gaia, 4401
Tel +351 22 3776301

Peter and Charles Symington
Symington Family
150,000 cases
Grape varietals
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Fancesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao, Arinto, Codega, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato and Viosinho.

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