Last September did I visit the most beautiful vineyard along River Douro in Pinhão, North of Portugal: Quinta Do Bonfim.
An extremely hot day, but the picnic on the terrace … was still very enjoyable.
Founded by George Warre for Dow’s in 1896, the name of the property derived from Vale do Bomfim, ‘the well-placed valley’, as the area around the village of Pinhão was then known. In 1912, Andrew James Symington became a partner in Dow’s and made Quinta do Bomfim his Douro family home. Since then generations of Symington winemakers have worked the vineyards and enjoyed stays at this beautiful property.
The Symington Family is descended from Andrew James Symington and Beatrice Atkinson who were married in Oporto in 1891. Andrew James arrived as a young man from Scotland in 1882 and was admitted to partnership in the firm of Warre & Co. in 1905 and in 1908 he became the sole owner of Warre & Co. Today run by the 4th and 5th generation.
“Wine is the only artwork you can drink”
Luis Fernando Olaverr