Symington Family Estates

Symington Family Estates

Careers at Symington Family Estates

Symington Family Estates is a leading Port and Portuguese wine producer headquartered in Porto, Portugal. The majority of our vineyards are located in the Douro Valley, in the north of Portugal, consisting of 26 estates covering 2,462 hectares and 1,114 hectares of vineyard.

We are an independent family business (the first Symington began working as a Port producer in Porto in 1882). Today, ten members of the 4th and 5th generation work across our four Port houses: Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s, and portfolio of Douro wine brands – Quinta do Vesuvio, Quinta do Ataíde, Altano and Prats & Symington (producers of Chryseia and Post Scriptum).

In 2019 we launched our first wines from Quinta da Fonte Souto, a stunning estate in the Portalegre sub-region of the Alto Alentejo.

All our vineyards are sustainably managed under a minimum intervention certification and 130 ha are organically farmed, the largest area of organic vineyard in northern Portugal. We have invested significantly in viticulture R&D to adapt to climate change and are working on an ambitious sustainability plan, with a series of goals under the banner of Mission 2025.

In 2019 we became a certified B Corporation – the first wine company in Portugal to take this step – joining a global community of businesses audited for the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility, committed to using business as a force for good.

In 2020 we joined International Wineries for Climate Action, an association of wine companies leading the decarbonisation of the wine sector, in line with the urgent CO2 reduction guidelines established by global scientists and the UN.

Verified by Escape

Escape's take on Symington Family Estates

Symington Family Estates are a leading voice in the wine industry where they've operated for 130 years as a family owned company in the heart of the Douro region in Portugal. Over the past 5 years they've been digging their roots into sustainability. They're the first wine company in Portugal to become a B Corporation, as well as kickstarting a partnership to support Rewilding Portugal, including a new wine redistributing profits to rewilding projects across Portugal. Heading up this progressive agenda is Rob Symington, co-founder of Escape, now sustainability & people champion at Symington. Rob and his team are working hard to bring sustainable wine to the masses, bringing great jobs to one of the most beautiful corners of the earth. If you're looking to work for a brand with purpose in a beautiful part of the world, check out Symington Family Estates and help them accelerate their mission.

Stats we are proud of

  • €1m

    Impact Fund to support local environmental & social causes

  • +850

    Long-term partnerships with local grape farmers

  • 15

    Ambulances donated to communities in the Douro

  • 1

    Ethical Company of the Year award - The Drinks Business 2019

Behind the scenes

Team makeup

  • 400
    Employees

Benefits

  • Bonus

    Calculated as a percentage of sales & financial results, shared with all staff.

  • Picnic

    Annual big day out every summer - somewhere in northern Portugal.

  • Healthcare

    Health insurance for all staff. On-site nurse and doctor.

  • Flexible working

    Flexible policy on hours to enable healthier work-life balance.

  • Pensions

    Access to a complementary private company pensions fund.

  • Lunch

    Free 3-course lunch for all employees, every day.

  • Discounts

    Staff discounts on our entire range of ports and wines.

  • Holiday home

    Access to private wine estate house at discounted rates.

  • Christmas hamper

    Christmas hamper given to all staff every year.