My father Michael, born in Oporto in 1925 was 84 this year. Retired from our family Port firm since 1990, he spends much of the year at his Quinta das Andorinhas in the Pinhão valley.
He is here now and this picture is of him in the winery today with Miles discussing the quality of the grapes and the musts in the lagares. Miles keeps an eye on Dad’s vineyard through the year. Dad keeps an eye on Miles during the harvest….
My father, 3rd generation Symington here in the Douro, has attended every vintage since he started work with his father in 1948, so he has done 61 successive harvests in the Douro.