We have received a number of prestigious awards over recent years for our ports and wines, individual accolades and company awards. We are proud that our commitment to excellence in the vineyard and the winery has been recognised by independent bodies in the wine world which we see as a vindication of our policy of long-term and continuous investment in our Douro vineyards and wineries.

Wine Spectator Top 100

In 2014 our dedication to the wines of the Douro was further recognized when the Wine Spectator ranked Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port as Nº 1 Wine of the Year in its annual Top 100 Wines of the World. Chryseia Douro 2011, made jointly with the Prats family, was placed Nº3 in this prestigious list in the same year. This was an extraordinary achievement for our family, for the Douro and for Portugal.
 

IWC Fortified Winemaker of the Year

During the 1980s and 1990s Peter Symington was awarded the Fortified Winemaker of The Year title a record six times by the International Wine Challenge. Charles, Peter’s son, was awarded this same accolade in 2003. He has since been made Fortified Winemaker of the Year two more times in Portugal by Revista de Vinhos.
 

Portuguese Wine Producer of the Year

This prestigious prize was recognition by the International Wine & Spirit Competition of the excellent performance of the Symington Family’s range of Port and Douro DOC wines during the 2013 edition of this respected contest. The rigorous evaluation process is conducted by over 300 experienced judges, many of whom are Masters of Wine, as well as other expert tasters from 30 countries.


European Winery of the Year

In 2007 Symington Family Estates was awarded the European Winery of the Year award by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their annual Wine Star Awards. Rupert Symington accepted the award on behalf of his cousins, highlighting the many years of dedication and hard work by previous generations of Symingtons.

 


Decanter Wine Man of the Year

Our family’s contribution to wine was recognised in 2012 when Decanter Magazine named Paul Symington ‘Man of The Year’, the first wine producer from Portugal to be given this prestigious award. Paul accepted the award on behalf of the family and the others of the 4th generation of Symingtons who work in the business.
 

Revista de Vinhos Viticulture Award

Revista de Vinhos awarded its 2012 Viticultural award to Symington Family Estates, calling us a national leader in sustainable viticulture, citing the fact that all our vineyards are farmed under a “minimum intervention” regime and 130 hectares are farmed organically.  In addition they praised our advances in vineyard management, training, mapping and analysing the productivity of our vineyards with GPS and infrared technology, as well as our viticultural research and work protecting and promoting native Portuguese grape varieties.
 

Most Admired Wine Brands

Drinks International nominated Graham’s as ‘The World’s Most Admired Port Brand’ in 2016 and 2017 (it came 14th in 2016 and 10th in 2017 in the list of most admired wine brands). The jury consists of 200 leading wine trade figures, masters of wine, sommeliers and journalists.


Global Wine Tourism Award

The Great Wine Capitals association, that groups together nine major wine cities from around the world, awarded the 2017 Global Winner Wine Tourism Services award to our new visitor centre at Quinta do Bomfim.
 

Paul Symington - Portuguese Order of Merit

On February 18th 2015 The President of Portugal awarded Paul Symington the Order of Merit (Grande-Oficial) for his work on behalf of Port and the Douro. This follows on from the Order of Merit (Comendador) given to Paul’s grandfather, Maurice Symington in 1971. These awards recognise our family's unswerving dedication to Port and the Douro.
 

Johnny Symington - MBE

Her Majesty the Queen, in the New Year Honours List 2013, awarded Johnny Symington the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire) for his services to Anglo-Portuguese relations and to the British community in the north of Portugal. Johnny received the award from Prince Charles in a ceremony held at Buckingham palace on February 1st, 2013.
 

Recent top awarded ports and wines

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Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port  Wine Spectator 100 points
Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port 
 
Wine Spectator 99 points
No.1 in Top 100 Wines (2014)
Dow's 2016 Vintage Port  Wine Spectator 98 points
Graham’s 2000 Vintage Port
Wine Spectator 98 points
Graham’s 2007 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 96 points
Graham’s 2011 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 96 points
Graham's 2016 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 98 points
Graham's The Stone Terraces 2011 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 97 points
Graham's The Stone Terraces 2015 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 96 points
Graham's The Stone Terraces 2016 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 98 points
Cockburn’s 2011 Vintage Port  Wine Spectator 98 points
Cockburn's 2016 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 96 points
Warre’s 2007 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 95 points
Warre’s 2011 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 96 points
Warre's 2016 Vintage Port
 
Wine Spectator 98 points
No.14 in Top 100 Wines (2018)
Quinta do Vesuvio 2009 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 98 points
Quinta do Vesuvio 2010 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 98 points
Quinta do Vesuvio 2011 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 98 points
Quinta do Vesuvio 2016 Vintage Port Wine Spectator 97 points
Quinta do Vesuvio Capela 2007 Vintage Port  Wine Spectator 98 points
Quinta do Vesuvio Capela 2016 Vintage Port  Wine Spectator 98 points
Chryseia 2011
 
Wine Spectator 97 points
No.3 in Top 100 Wines (2014)