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 Six Grapes symbol originated in the nineteenth century as the code that Grahamâ€™s used to identify the barrels containing the very best wines made at each harvest, symbols used to classify wines on a scale of one to six.Â These wines were chosen for their outstanding quality and usually bottled as Vintage Port.Â By the early 1900â€™s Grahamâ€™s started bottling and offering a wine carefully selected from these â€˜lotesâ€™ under the Six Grapes label.Â Over a Century later, Six Grapes continues to be Grahamâ€™s signature wine and a quality benchmark for the Port category.
In the Spring, following the harvest, the wines travel from the Quinta dos Malvedos winery to Grahamâ€™s 1890 Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia where they will typically spend a few years in seasoned oak vats before being incorporated into the Six Grapes blend with our Master Blender seeking to preserve its youthful fruit character.
It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: dark red colour with fragrant blackberry and fresh aromas of cassis and liquorice. Full-bodied with a good structure and rich black fruit on the palate.
Pairs perfectly with dark chocolate based desserts. Bottled ready to drink, serve slightly chilled in a reasonably sized Port glass or white wine glass. It will stay fresh for two to three weeks once opened.