Port house Sandeman is aiming to turn around the category’s flagging fortunes with the release of only the second single quinta vintage port in its 225-year history.

The limited-edition 2013 port comes from the company’s home vineyard Quinta do Seixo, in the Cima Corgo.

Brand manager Chris Appleby told OLN: “Quinta do Seixo is our premium vineyard in the Douro and as we celebrate our 225th anniversary this pays homage to our heritage.”

Matt Douglas, managing director at distributor Sogrape UK, added: “We are 225 years old but we are also showing people that we can change and make port more relevant. Port volumes are down – overall they are down, although we are doing well – and it’s good to do different things. We need to get the consumer interested in port again.

“Vintage dated ports currently represent around 15% of the category in the UK. This sector is dynamic and growing with an increasing consumer interest in premium Porto.”

The limited-edition hits shelves in July and retails for £30 for a 75cl bottle.

George Sandeman, seventh generation of the Sandeman family, said: “We are proud to be releasing Quinta do Seixo 2013 Vintage Porto to mark 225 years of Sandeman history. Because it is the first from Quinta do Seixo, where Sandeman sources its best grapes for Porto Wine production, it is for us a very special Porto to follow the launch of Sandeman Cask 33 Very Old Tawny Porto which kicked off a year of celebration.”

Luís Sottomayor, head winemaker, added: “The Sandeman Quinta do Seixo 2013 is a true reflection of the vineyards’s best grapes of two years ago. Although 2013 was a cold and rainy year in the Douro, the truth is that these grapes showed great maturation, and more importantly, the wine has shown a wonderful evolution, motivating us to make this second only single quinta in Sandeman’s history.”