There are few more iconic images in the world of wine than the ‘Don’, the logo created for the Sandeman family in 1928 by George Massiot Brown. The cape was modelled on the attire worn by students of the University of Porto, while the wide-brimmed hat was a nod to the family’s presence in Jerez
The new Sandeman winery, built in 2007 with significant investment from the Guedes family, is based at the breathtakingly beautiful Quinta do Seixo, situated on the south bank of the Douro in the Cima Corgo sub-region. The winery is perched on top of a hill that is garlanded by terrace after terrace of vines, some of which are over 100 years old. Quinta do Seixo covers 42 hectares, planted primarily with Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional and boasts an ‘A grade’ classification in the ‘Cadastro’ ranking system of Douro vineyards.
The wines reflect this sustained investment and the skill of winemaker Luís Sottomayor, who joined the company in 1989 and took responsibility for winemaking in the Douro in 2003.