Vale do Bomfim
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 favourable reviews, the Vale do Bomfim is being offered in a growing number of other countries.
Grape origins and varieties
The grapes are principally sourced from Dow’s Bomfim and Senhora da Ribeira vineyards, as well as from other vineyards, which have long supplied the company. The grape variety mix is: 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15 Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinto Cão.
The grapes were picked by hand into small, shallow containers and manually sorted with great care, after which they were gently crushed. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel vats at a temperature not exceeding 26ºC.
Grape: 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinto Cão