Matriarca makes 100 memberships available in the UK

Symington Family Estates - 2023-12-10

We are thrilled to be launching Matriarca UK – a club for Portuguese Wine Enthusiasts in the UK with 100 founding memberships available.

We first launched Matriarca wine club in Portugal earlier this year, and we are now offering UK memberships to this highly sought-after community.

For £750 per year, members receive a curated selection of six premium wines & ports biannually, have access to a private online wine shop with special offers and new releases, and are invited to exclusive events and wine tastings in the UK & Portugal.

Matriarca is a new members club inspired by our family’s original matriarch in Portugal, Beatriz Leitão Carvalhosa Atkinson, who married the first Symington to live in Porto, shortly after arriving in 1882. Half-Portuguese, half-British, Beatriz was known for her generosity of spirit and joyful gatherings around food and wine.

Matriarca is our family’s ode to Beatriz. It is a community of like-minded people who share a love of Portuguese wine, food, and warm lifestyle. We opened the Matriarca doors in October to the first 100 members in Portugal, and hosted a very special launch event with a private visit and lunch at one of our vineyard estates in the stunning Douro Valley. Matriarca is now launching in the UK, with 100 founding memberships available to lovers of Portuguese wine and culture.

For £750 per year, members will receive a curated biannual case of six different premium Portuguese wines & ports from the Symington portfolio, with a few surprises from our wine producing friends in Portugal. Membership also provides access to a private online Matriarca wine shop, where members can buy older vintages, limited editions, and recent releases not readily available elsewhere in the UK. 

As part of the Matriarca events programme, members will be invited to private events and wine tastings in the UK and an annual visit to one of our family’s estates in Portugal. When visiting Portugal, members can also enjoy discounts and benefits at our family’s restaurants, cellars, and wineries, as well as a selection of their friends’ own establishments.

Charlotte Symington, 5th generation family member working in the company today says “We are delighted to be bringing Matriarca to the UK after building such an exciting community of wine lovers in Portugal. Matriarca was born out of a desire to create a community around a shared passion, whilst drawing inspiration from our matriarch, Beatriz Leitão Carvalhosa Atkinson, who had a well-known flair for creating convivial moments around good food and wine. We want to create a small, dynamic community of people from Portugal and the UK – the two countries that represent my family – to celebrate the very best of Portugal.”

UK membership to Matriarca is now open to the first 100 founding members. Registration will end once the 100th member has joined. To sign up, please visit 

Text by Symington Family Estates · Published 2023-12-10
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