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For over two centuries the name of DOW has been associated with the finest Port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, the Symington family has built on the legacy of the preceding Silva and Dow families. Generations of Symington winemakers have worked at the Dow’s vineyards: Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, creating from them Dow’s superbly concentrated wines that are intense and tannic when young, maturing towards a superlative racy elegance with age and scented with violet and mint aromas. Dow’s attractive and distinctive drier finish is the recognizable hallmark of the wines from this great Port house.

The story of Dow’s is unusual amongst all the great Port houses. It began in 1798 when Bruno da Silva, a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, made a journey which was the opposite to that of the first British merchants. Bruno set up in London from where he imported wine from his native country. He married an Englishwoman and was rapidly assimilated into London society where his business acumen led to a fine reputation for his wines. But the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars put his business in jeopardy. Undaunted, Bruno da Silva applied for ‘letters of marque’ (Royal Assent to equip a merchant ship with guns) to secure safe passage of his Port from Oporto to Bristol and to London. His became the first and only Port company to transport its precious cargo of casks of fine Ports under its own armed protection across the treacherous Bay of Biscay, a strong dissuasion to attack during a period when less audacious companies saw their sales dwindle away.

The Port shipping business was continued by Bruno’s son, John da Silva who in 1862 brought into partnership Frederick William Cosens. Together with John’s son, Edward, they became the active partners in Silva & Cosens. Edward da Silva inherited his grandfather’s business ability and the company continued to prosper. Edward became a highly respected figure in the London wine trade and was one of the founders of the Wine Trade Benevolent Society, the leading charity which survives to this day as the principal British wine trade organisation. Edward da Silva was to be the Benevolent’s chairman and then, from 1892, its president for many years.

With the continuing expansion of the firm, Edward da Silva and Frederick Cosens were joined by George Acheson Warre, whose well known family had been involved in the Port trade since its earliest years. ‘GAW’ joined as partner in 1868 and became its driving force in Portugal.

In 1877, Silva & Cosens merged with another leading Port company, Dow & Co, who’s senior partner was James Ramsay Dow, who had made a name for himself in 1856 with the publication of his important treatise, ‘An Inquiry into the Vine Fungus with Suggestions as to a Remedy.’ The Oidium fungus was at the time devastating the Douro’s vineyards.

Although smaller than Silva & Cosens, Dow & Co had become a very highly regarded Port producer with a particularly fine reputation for its Vintage Ports and when the two companies merged, it was decided to adopt DOW’S as the brand name.

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  • Dow's Vintage Port 2016 Front Label
    Dow's Vintage Port 2016
    Port from Portugal
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  • Dow's Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Dow's Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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  • Dow's Fine White Port Front Label
    Dow's Fine White Port
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      • Dow's 10 Year Old Tawny Port  Front Label
        Dow's 10 Year Old Tawny Port
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        • Dow's Trademark Finest Reserve Port Front Label
          Dow's Trademark Finest Reserve Port
          Port from Portugal
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          • Dow's Fine Tawny Port Front Label
            Dow's Fine Tawny Port
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              • Dow's Vale do Bomfim 2016 Front Label
                Dow's Vale do Bomfim 2016
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                • Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2013 Front Label
                  Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2013
                  Port from Portugal
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                    • Dow's Fine Ruby Front Label
                      Dow's Fine Ruby
                      Port from Portugal
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                        • Dow's 20 Year Old Tawny Port  Front Label
                          Dow's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
                          Port from Portugal
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                          • Dow's Vintage Port (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
                            Dow's Vintage Port (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
                            Port from Portugal
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