This wine comes from the Symington family’s Douro Valley vineyards in Northern Portugal, and in particular from those which traditionally supply the House of Dow’s, one of the family’s premier Port marques. For many years, the Vale do Bomfim red wine was made by the family solely for their own enjoyment and to serve to visiting guests, whose repeated complimentary remarks and encouragement, led to the wine’s launch commercially. First offered in the US market, where it has consistently received very favorable reviews, the Vale do Bomfim is being offered in a growing number of other countries.
Despite being a challenging year, 2009 produced spectacular wines. This tough year was characterized by lower than average rainfall, unstable weather in the spring and virtual no rain during the hot summer. It is in such demanding years when skillful vineyard management and winemaking come to the fore. Winemakers conducted meticulous grape selection in the vineyards, to ensure the finest fruit was available for this wine.