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Kobrand Corporation

March 23, 2015 03:00 ET

Fonseca Celebrates 200th Anniversary

Revered Port House Marks Historic Occasion

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 23, 2015) - The year 2015 marks a major milestone for one of Portugal's most revered houses of Port, Fonseca, as it proudly celebrates 200 years of family tradition and achievement. As verified by an entry in the ledgers of the royal monopoly company records, Fonseca's first trading activity -- the purchase of 32 pipes of Port by João dos Santos Fonseca -- took place on April 8, 1815. Since then, Fonseca's destiny has been shaped by four families: The Fonsecas and Monteiros, who founded the business; the Guimaraens dynasty, which led the Port house for more than a century and have made its wines since the 1860s to the present day, and the Yeatmans, who have steered the company successfully through the second half of the 20th century and into the new millennium.

Legendary Port Producer
Vintage Port runs like a continuous thread through Fonseca's history. Since the legendary 1840, the first Vintage Port made under the Fonseca name, Fonseca has produced a steady stream of magnificent wines, including such landmark vintages as 1927, 1948, 1977 and 1994, all of them 100-point wines. These, among many others, have firmly established Fonseca as one of the finest "first growth" Vintage Port producers.

James Suckling, in his authoritative book Vintage Port: The Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide for Consumers, Collectors, and Investors (Wine Spectator, 1990), put it as follows: "The Vintage Ports of Fonseca are perhaps the most consistently great of them all. Not only do they have a striking fleshiness and powerful richness when young, but they retain that youthfulness for decades."

Fonseca's stature as a Vintage Port house is undisputed. But to many wine lovers it is best known as the producer of one of the most popular Ports ever made, Fonseca BIN 27. This superb reserve blend draws on the heritage of the great Fonseca Vintages and shares their seductive fruit quality, a hallmark of the Fonseca house style. True to a tradition of craftsmanship, Fonseca produces one of the most individual ranges of Ports, including an unfiltered Late Bottle Vintage (LBV) and the first-ever organic Port, Terra Bella. A pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley, Fonseca maintains its close link with the vineyard and owns three of the region's finest estates, including its flagship property, Quinta do Panascal.

For more information, please visit Fonseca Port. High-resolution are images available upon request. Fonseca Ports are imported by Kobrand Corporation in the U.S.

About Kobrand Corporation
Kobrand Corporation was founded in 1944 and to this day remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies. Kobrand's portfolio of wine and spirits was meticulously selected according to a single, unerring principle: quality. This continued focus has made the Kobrand name synonymous with wines and spirits of the highest caliber for 70 years. Kobrand is the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of fine wines, including from France: Maison Louis Jadot, Chậteau des Jacques, Domaine Ferret, Champagne Taittinger, Chậteau Mont-Redon, Chậteau d'Aquẻria, Bouvet-Ladubay and Michel Redde et Fils; from California: Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove Winery, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Domaine Carneros and Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery; from Washington: Mullan Road Cellars; from Italy: Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tenute Silvio Nardi, Tenuta La Fuga, Tenute del Cabreo, Tenuta di Nozzole, Tenuta Campo al Mare, Tenuta TorCalvano, Santa Martina, Spalletti, Masi Agricola, Michele Chiarlo, Tenuta di Salviano, Agricola Punica, Feudo Maccari, Fernando Pighin and Figli, Bollini and Caposaldo; from Spain: Bodega Don Olegario and Poema Cava; from Argentina: Alta Vista and Barda by Bodega Chacra; from Chile: Altamana; from New Zealand: Craggy Range Winery and Infamous Goose; from Portugal: Taylor Fladgate , Fonseca and Croft and finally our Global brand: The Seeker. Kobrand is also the exclusive agent for an outstanding selection of premium spirits, including; from France: Alizẻ Passion, Alizẻ Coco and Alizẻ Cognac; from Norway: Vikingfjord and from England: Gates of London as well as a craft spirits portfolio, including from France: Delamain Cognac, Larressingle Armagnac, Belle de Brillet and L'Héritier-Guyot; from Italy: Antica Sambuca and Tia Maria; from Norway: Linie Aquavit, from Denmark: Aalborg Akvavit and from Martinique: Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Agricole.

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