Graham’s is probably one of the most well known of all Port brands. Made by the Graham family in the Douro Valley for over 200 years, this British family was one of the first to invest in their own vineyards. However, while Graham’s Port was sold to the Symington family some years ago, descendants are once again producing high quality Port back where it all began.
Where Churchill’s Port began
In 1981, John Graham, set out to make exclusive and exceptional Port his way, the traditional way, under his new label, Churchill’s. Named after his wife (no relation to Winston), it was the first Port wine company to be established in over 50 years. Further development came in 1999, when they bought their first solely-owned vineyard at Quinta da Gricha; an important step in the production of high quality vintage wines and toward obtaining a grade A classification.
Now in their 37th year, Churchill’s (relatively) small production allows them to continue traditional methods of production, such as foot-treading the grapes, which is best for not breaking the pips and thus imparting bitterness. They employ natural fermentation, which provides excellent structure and they use as little brandy as possible in order to better show off the fruit and create balance. Since its first year of production, Churchill’s has declared an amazing 11 vintages.