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Established in 1692, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the founding Port houses, dedicated to the production of the finest Port wines. Regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port, noted for their elegance and poise as well as for their restrained power and longevity, Taylor’s is also respected as a producer of wood aged Ports and holds one of the largest reserves of rare cask aged wines. The house is also known as the originator of Late Bottled Vintage, a style which the firm pioneered and of which it remains the leading producer. The family’s commitment to the future of Port is demonstrated in its single-minded dedication to the highest standards in Port production, its investment in all aspects of the firm’s operations and its determination to preserve the unique environment of the Douro Valley through the promotion of sustainable and responsible viticulture.
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The Torres surname has been related to viticulture for more than three centuries, when the family planted the first vines in the Penedès, near Barcelona. Since it was founded in 1870, Bodegas Torres has built up a reputation for combing innovation, dynamism and commitment to quality which has put them, and Catalonia, firmly on the world map. As part of the 4th generation, Miguel A. Torres has been described as “one of Spain’s most innovative and influential winemakers”. As well as being one of the first exponents of stainless-steel tanks and temperature controlled fermentation, he also pioneered the planting of non-Spanish grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, in his native Spain. During the past 30 years Familia Torres have also focused on re-discovering ancient Catalan grape varieties that existed before Phyloxera. Today they remain a wholly independent and family-owned company, which is now run by 5th generation of the family, Miguel Torres Maczassek.
Being loyal to the terroir and to each vintage, and with a lot of care in every stage of the process, the Bouza family has been producing very unique wines in Uruguay. From the very beginning the objective was very clear: nothing but the highest quality. To achieve it, they joined Eduardo Boido, the winemaker, who later would become part of the business. They started buying a vineyard in Canelones which was already in production in 1998. A few years later they bought and restored a small winery in the outskirts of Montevideo, which was ready to use in 2003. Seduced by the beauty in the East of the country and encouraged by their belief of its great potential for vine growing, they started to plant vineyards in Pan de Azúcar in 2010 and in 2016 in Las Espinas, a hill located nearby. The varieties are: Albariño, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Tempranillo and Tannat.