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Sogevinus, the first Port wine producer to be named Fortified Producer of the Year

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

Sogevinus, the first Port wine producer to be named Fortified Producer of the Year at Sommelier Wine Awards with Kopke.

Kopke, the oldest Port wine house, and part of the Sogevinus Group, has been awarded the accolade of Fortified Producer of the Year at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards. Kopke dominated the Port section, winning half of the category’s Gold medals, impressing the judges with both quality and price at every level. From the 10 Years Old Tawny (Gold - £23.50), to the 2003 White Colheita (Gold - £60) and the 1980 Colheita Port (Gold - £120), the judges commented on the freshness and vibrancy of these wines, and this is only the second time in the competition’s thirteen year history that this title has been awarded.

The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition that focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Wines with general distribution on the High Street, are not permitted to enter, except for sparkling and fortified wines, or merchants' online-exclusive wines.

Since the competition started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers as well as the main competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants across the world.

CEO of Sogevinus Fine Wines, Sergio Marly Caminal commented “We are delighted to be named Fortified Producer of the Year. This is testament to the hard work of all the people involved, from the vine to the wine. From its terroir to the exquisite wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, the history of Kopke is made of experience and dedication, which is reflected in its unique wines – and thanks to the expertise and devotion that have been passed down through the generations.”

The popularity of Tawny Port in the UK has grown over the last few years, with more and more chefs and sommeliers appreciating the versatility of these wines. Chilled tawny ports and aged white ports are both very exciting options for interesting new food matches, from cheese boards to game dishes and even oriental style cuisine.

Kopke is imported and distributed in the UK by Hayward Brothers. For further information please contact either Tony Schendel or Robert Hayward on or Joao Belo (Export Manager UK on

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Notes to Editors

Sogevinus Fine Wines is an independent, privately owned, Douro wine producer. Its portfolio includes Kopke, Burmester, Cálem and Barros. Cálem is the umbrella brand for the leading Port brand – “Cálem Velhotes”, both in volume and in value in the Portuguese Off-Trade market (28,5% Volume and 26,0% value Market Share YTD’20 ACNielsen). Representing five centuries of wine, Sogevinus is proud of the unique identities of each of the individual Houses. With 250 ha of vines spread over three estates (Quinta do Bairro, Quinta de São Luiz and Quinta do Arnozelo), Sogevinus is committed to sustainable practices that seek to preserve a unique terroir in the birthplace of its wines, the Douro Valley. As well as securing worldwide recognition for Port production, Sogevinus has been making DOC Douro wines of exceptional quality since 2006. With a strong international position and through maintaining the wisdom of generations as well as applying the high standards of quality, DOC Douro Sogevinus wines are acclaimed by critics and specialist publications at an international level.

Kopke was established in 1638 by Nicolau Kopke. Its history is one of commitment, experience and dedication. Its wines are produced at Quinta S. Luiz, located in the Douro's subregion of Cima Corgo, on the left bank of the river. Quinta de S. Luiz comprises a total area of 125 hectares, of which 90 are planted with vines, some of them as old as 80 years.

Kopke holds one of the oldest libraries of Colheitas in the world and is consistently recognised by international critics for the quality if its wines.