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Founded in 1670, Warre & Co. is the oldest and one of the most highly esteemed port shipping firms in the world. William Warre joined as partner in 1729, and the company became known as Warre.The Warre fam?ily worked in the wine trade at Oporto for over 200 years. Sir William Warre, grandson of the Warre dynasty?s founder, distinguished himself as a lieutenant general under the Duke of Wellington, defending Portugal against Napoleon?s invasion. The vast lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, where ports are still aged and stored, were built in 1890 by George Warre, a nephew of Sir William. Andrew James Symington, great-grand?father of the current managing director of Warre?s, sailed to Portugal in 1863. After establishing himself as a well-known merchant in the port trade, he became associated with Warre?s in 1905. In 1912 the Warre family chose to return to England where they would look after sales, while the Symingtons managed operations in Portugal. Today James Symington is the director of Warre & Co. Ltd.Warre?s Vintage Ports are known for their elegance and great finesse, intense red fruit flavours and floral violet and ?esteva? (rock-rose) aromas. Warre?s superb Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port is only released in non-declared years and shares many of the same characteristics of Warre?s Classic Vintage Port but more closely reflects the unique aspects of the Cavadinha vineyard. These wines are consistently rated as amongst the best in the most prestigious blind tasting events and by leading wine critics worldwide.Following in the tradition of the great Vintage Ports, Warre?s award winning bottle-matured Late Bottled Vintage is considered by many to be the best LBV every produced. Warre?s pioneering spirit was established by Warre?s Warrior, the first and original brand of Port and continues with the revolutionary OTIMA 10 and 20 year old Tawny Ports. These wines have set the benchmark for innovation in the Port trade and have helped build Warre?s legacy of tireless commitment to quality and innovation.
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