The story of two families across three centuries. For almost two hundred years W & J Graham's has been an independent family business renowned for producing the finest Port wines.
Graham's has always been a pioneer. Graham's was one of the first Port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley in 1890 and is now at the cutting edge of innovation in winemaking techniques. Today, five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make the Graham's wines. They too have been involved with Port and the Douro for many generations, with ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
William and John Graham founded their firm in Porto in northwest Portugal to trade in textiles. In 1820 they accepted twenty-seven barrels of Port as payment of a debt. The two brothers decided then to devote their energies to making the best Port wines from the Douro Valley: and so the Graham's Port house was born.
The Graham family already had extensive business interests overseas, both in their native Scotland and in India. They were considered by one contemporary historian to be, among the merchant princes of Great Britain'.
Graham's first harvest under the ownership of the Symington family was extremely auspicious, with Graham's 1970 Vintage Port being declared. The 1970 is thought by many to be one of the greatest wines of that century.
Nearly an hundred years after their ancestor AJ Symington left Graham's to set up on his own as a Port producer, the family's relationship with this Port house came full circle.
Besides the family's other Port marques, Graham's is the only remaining British Port company independently owned by a single family. This ensures that every aspect in the making of Graham's Ports is controlled and cared for intimately.
This is Graham's Reserve Port and is one of the house's signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance. This wine can best be thought of as the an everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker.' Six Grapes is bottled when it is still relatively young in order to retain its freshness and characteristic opulence. Once bottled it is ready to be served and drunk and should be served slightly cool, between 12 and 16º Celsius.
Six Grapes is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards that contribute to Graham's famed Vintage Ports. It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.