Calabria Family Wines is continuing to expand its distribution portfolio with the recent addition of Dow’s Port, owned by the Symington family.
The deal sees Calabria Family Wines take on the distribution, sales and marketing of the port house in the Australian market, which was previously managed by Tyrrell’s Wines.
Dow’s joins the recent distributorship appointment of Calabria Family Wines to Italian Prosecco brand Canti announced in September.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming such a prestigious name in port to the Calabria family,” third-generation sales and marketing Mmanager Andrew Calabria said.
“Dow’s is recognised around the world as one of the premier vintage port producers and continues to set the benchmark for quality port each year. We’re delighted to establish a partnership with the well-respected Symington family in the Australian market.”
Dow’s was founded in 1798 by Portuguese business merchant Bruno da Silva who imported wine from his native country to London. His business acumen and societal connections built a fine reputation for Dow’s Port within London society, even through the Napoleonic wars. Today, Dow’s Port is available in over 50 countries, with 56 per cent of sales trending in the premium price point compared to the industry average of 18 per cent.
“We are thrilled to start working with the Calabria family in Australia, a family-owned and managed business just like our own, and therefore like-minded in the long-term view of the Port market development,” Rupert Symington, fourth-generation CEO of Symington Family Estates said.
“Australia has a rich history of fortified wines and a great connection to Port, and with the increased interest in our premium wines we’ve been witnessing, not just in Australia, but also around the world, we are confident this is the right time for this new partnership and that it will be fruitful for both companies.”