Port Wine and The Opera

Graham’s and Symington Family Estates will be teaming up with Decanter Magazine and the Royal Opera House the evening of Tuesday, 13 March, for an extraordinary Wine Gala event to benefit the Royal Opera House Foundation.

The evening will feature recital performances by soprano Ekaterina Siurina and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, a dinner and charity auction.  Guests will enjoy an extraordinary array of wines selected by Sarah Kemp of Decanter magazine and presented by their producers, including Paul Symington with Warre’s Vintage Port 1983.

The auction will be conducted by David Elswood and Anthony Hanson MW of Christie’s and will feature three magnums of wine donated by the Symingtons and best of all, an extraordinary opportunity to visit Graham’s in Vila Nova de Gaia and the Douro.  The winning bidder, together with 3 friends, will enjoy a private tour and tasting at Graham’s Lodge and lunch in the Director’s dining room with one of the Symington family.  Afterwards they will be escorted up to the Douro to stay one night at Quinta dos Malvedos or another of our quintas and tour our vineyards and winery.

Learn more and order your tickets for the Wine Gala evening on the Royal Opera House Special Events page.

Update 15 March

Paul Symington reported in after the Wine Gala:

The Wine Gala auction raised £87,000 for the Royal Opera Foundation that supports young musicians.

The auction was comprised of many rare wines, including Champagne Ruinart, Ornellaia, Louis Jadot Clos des Ursules, Clos de Tart, four Imperiales (6 litres each) of Chateau Haut-Brion and 3 magnums of Warre’s 1983 Vintage Port.

The Symington family also offered a visit to the Graham’s lodge in Gaia, a lunch with the family and a visit and overnight stay in one of their Quintas in the Douro for 4 people.  The Warre magnums and the visit were auctioned for £10,500, one of the highest bids of the evening and 100% of this will go to the Royal Opera House Foundation for young musicians.

Finally, the family also donated the Warre’s 1983 that was served to the 120 guests during the gala dinner.  It was much appreciated and commented on for its elegance and finesse.

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