Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Rupert Symington, CEO of Symington Family Estates, wanted to expand into another part of Portugal and despite his family’s business being deeply rooted in the North with their Douro Port and Douro red dry wines, he found himself going to the southern region of Portugal in Alentejo.

He traveled down to Alentejo with a specific property in mind that was for sale but he ended up visiting another property as well with a local journalist who insisted that Rupert see the estate. As Rupert approached the property he was immediately struck by the dilapidated buildings with roofs that were seemingly falling apart that created an understandable inkling of doubt in regards to the state of the property but as he walked past the buildings he was faced with a stunning panorama of 100 acres of vines going up a hill that looked “magnificent” in the golden hue of the sunlight. In that moment he “was sold on the property” and started a long process of negotiations on a contract that closed in May 2017 and eventually renamed it Quinta da Fonte Souto.


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