Christopher Smith, Member of The British Parliament and Lord Mayor of London, founded a small company to ship Port from the Douro in 1784. Some years later the Woodhouse brothers joined him. Since 1970, Smith Woodhouse has been owned by the Symington family, Port producers since the 19th century.
Through the last two hundred years, this small Port company has built a reputation for outstanding Vintage Ports. In frequent blind tastings, Smith Woodhouse earns top marks.
The Company's 1977 Vintage was awarded 99 points by the Wine Spectator and judged as the finest Vintage Port of this year. Decanter magazine also judged the Smith Woodhouse 1977: A classic of all times and the best of the Vintage (Nov. 1992).
Smith Woodhouse Ports have outstanding length and structure and are drier than most. Its Vintage Ports show a characteristic opulent rich style, balanced by firm hard tannins. Ageing gives these wines an unmatched elegance.