“Portuguese houses consistently dominate the tastings of fine tawnies on which they built their reputations.” – James Suckling, European Bureau Chief, Wine Spectator
Porto Kopke is the oldest Port House still in existence today and joined the Sogevinus Fine Wines Group in 2006. Unique among the top shippers, Sogevinus commands an 80% focus on tawny ports, maintaining stocks of over 100 years.
The hand stenciled Kopke Port bottles express the traditional artisan quality and nostalgic appeal long associated with the enjoyment of the finest ports.
Kopke is the market leader for Colheita single year tawnies, exceeding 25% in volume of the Global Share in this high quality Port. Since 1638, when the German diplomat Cristiano Kopke founded the Douro wine shipping company, Kopke has become universally recognized as the oldest Port house in Port Wine history.
In 2013 Porto Kopke celebrated 375 years of continuous production of fine Porto with grapes from its famous Quinta São Luiz with its many gold-medal winning vintages. However, it wasn’t until 1675 that a shipment from the Douro to Holland was first called “Porto” and in 1678 that the Oporto customs office registered its first shipment of Porto to England. Today it maintains its own special character and independent cellars as the quality “standard bearer” of such other Sogevinus firms as Calem, Burmester, Barros, Hutcheson, Gilbert and Rocha.
WINEWORTH, as an importer, offers a complete range of Colheitas (single year tawnies), for which it dominates USA sales with a significant market share. Wineworth ranks #1 in USA Colheita Imports from Portugal, far above any competition, according to the Port Wine Institutes’ latest figures. We maintain a large inventory of Kopke and Rocha Colheitas dating back as far as the exciting 1937. Lighter than Vintage Ports and with broader food affinities, we highly recommend Tawny Ports year ’round as an aperitif, as a preferred balance to spicy or picant foods, with desserts and even entree pairings. The tawnies keep well for long periods after opening, making them ideal for restaurants or leisurely home consumption. WINEWORTH also carries outstanding White Ports, Rosé Port, Fine Ruby Ports and Vintage Ports such as the much acclaimed 1985, 1987, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011.
The Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Portugal’s Port Wine Society) has recognized three key personnel of Wineworth for long and significant service to the Port Wine Trade, knighting them as Confrade and Cavaleiro in ceremonies at the Palacio da Bolsa in Oporto. They have given over 1000 educational seminars on Port Wine throughout the nation during the last two decades. With three recognized port enthusiasts in the firm, Wineworth stands at the forefront of international recognition for its profound dedication to the promotion of Port Wine in the USA.