Last year at the Graham’s Lodge we ran a contest for the chance to visit the spectacular Quinta dos Malvedos in the heart of the Douro Valley. In January Raul, of our Lodge team, put all the entrants’ details in a barrel and Johnny Symington drew out the winning name. One of our 2011 Lodge visitors will return to Portugal this year with a friend and spend two days at Quinta dos Malvedos, on us. The good news for all of you reading this is: we are running the contest again in 2012.
The quinta was acquired by the Graham family in 1890, and has always been regarded as one of the finest properties in the region and the full-bodied, rich, ripe and complex Malvedos wines have always defined the style of Graham’s superb ports. Located in the heart of the Douro region, facing south over the river, Quinta dos Malvedos has a microclimate which ensures optimum conditions for ripening the grapes – so much so, that in years when we do not declare a classic Graham’s Vintage, we can almost always produce a Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port. When you visit the quinta and see this landscape for yourself, you will understand our Ports like never before.
Our properties are not generally open to the public – they are working farms and private homes which are used by the Symington family privately, as well as for business entertainment, so this is an extraordinary opportunity. Your visit will include two days and a night at Quinta dos Malvedos, with tours of the wineries and vineyards at both Malvedos and nearby Quinta do Tua. Additionally, the winner will enjoy a boat trip up and down the river to see Quinta da Vila Velha, another Graham’s quinta, and Quinta do Roriz where the Symingtons and Bruno Prats make the elegant Chryseia and Post Scriptum Douro DOC wines. Finally, they will get to enjoy Branca and Prazeres’ excellent cooking – their bacalhau in cream is the best!
The Graham’s Lodge will be running the prize drawing again in 2012: if you visit the Lodge and spend a minimum of €500 for wine which is shipped anywhere in Europe or the United Kingdom, your name will be entered, ask at the Lodge for full details. In 2013, it could be you visiting us at Quinta dos Malvedos.