Fonseca is celebrating its bicentenary with the release today of a Guimarens Vintage Port from the 2013 harvest.

St George’s Day (April 23) is the traditional day for vintage declarations.

Managing director Adrian Bridge said: “Fonseca started trading on April 8, 1815. I am delighted that we will be marking this historic event and celebrating the bicentenary of the house with the release of a textbook Guimaraens 2013 vintage port.” 

Guimaraens vintage ports are made in years when a classic vintage is not declared. The blends are drawn from the company’s own vineyards – Cruzeiro, Santo António and its flagship property, Quinta do Panascal. The 2013 is made for early drinking but will mature in bottle.

Head winemaker David Guimaraens said: “There were exceptionally rich, powerful wines produced in 2013 prior to the rains of late September. The ports made from the Fonseca estates in the first week of the harvest were outstanding, allowing us to produce a very fine Guimaraens 2013 vintage blend, full-bodied and packed with dense berry fruit flavour.”

The wines will be shipped to the UK later this year and will be sold in 6x75cl wooden cases, en primeur for £30 a bottle in merchants such as Berry Bros, Bordeaux Index, the Wine Society, Fine & Rare, Lay & Wheeler and independents.