Symington 2019 Altano Tinto

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Tasting notes
Full bodied with silky red fruit flavours. Ideal with full-flavoured stews and hard cheeses.

Why we recommend this wine
We visited the Douro some years ago to familiarize ourselves with port but were also very impressed with the red wines that they made from the same grapes.

The wine
Made from Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca which are all used in the making of port. Symington was amongst the pioneers of modern Douro wines. In the 1990s they began producing Douro DOC wines from the same vineyards and indigenous grape varieties that had always made great port. They released the first Altano red in 1999 and haven't looked back. The Altano reds are produced solely with grapes from their own vineyards.

The wine estate
Syminton are a family of British and Portuguese origin that has lived and worked in Portugal since the 19th century. The family business - run by the 4th and 5th generation - has 10 family members working across the business. They own and run four of the leading port houses, Graham's, Dow's, Warre's, and Cockburn's, as well as a portfolio of Douro wines consisting of Quinta do Vesuvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano, and Prats & Symington. They own 26 Quintas (vineyards) covering a total of 2,255 ha of which 1,024 ha are under vine. The remainder is mostly natural mediterranean scrub with some olive and citrus groves. All their vineyards are managed under a strict minimum intervention policy and 112 ha are organic, which make them the largest area of certified organic vineyard in northern Portugal.

Food and wine
Being rich, fruity and full-bodied, it's ideal with roasts and winter stews or barbecues in summer. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide here.

Did you know?
Tinta Roriz (one of the major varietals in this wine) is the same as Spain's Tempranillo which is the major varietal in Rioja.