Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest vineyards in the Douro Valley. It has been known for its estate-bottled wines since the early 18th century. Leading London wine merchants paid premium prices for Roriz Ports and there are numerous 19th century records of the high values obtained for the quinta’s wines at Christie's fine wine auctions.
Following several years of joint ownership and management by the van Zeller and Symington families during the first few years of the 21st century, we acquired the quinta outright in partnership with the Prats family in 2009, since when it has been the cornerstone of the Prats & Symington wines.
The classic schist soil of the Upper Douro Valley at Roriz predominates but the composition is also influenced by the specific geology of the site where the presence of tin and gold tailings from the old mines at the top of the estate lend a distinctive minerality to the quinta’s wines. Situated on the South bank of the River Douro halfway between Pinhão and Tua, the quinta forms a natural amphitheatre with a predominantly northerly orientation, which provides a cooler aspect well-suited to the production of DOC Douro wines.