The Fladgate Partnership
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Vila Nova de Gaia,
The prehistory of Fonseca Guimaraens lies in the late 1700s, in a company known as Fonseca & Monteiro, located in Oporto. The Fonseca family was of Brazilian origin, and traded in wine, foodstuffs, olive oil and cloth. The present firm was founded in 1822, when Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired control of the company.
By 1840, Fonseca had become the second largest exporter of Port wines; near the end of that decade, the firm shipped its first vintage Port, the 1847, to England.
In 1948, the difficulties of the war years led to a partnership of Fonseca Guimaraens with Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman, although the two firms’ Ports remained distinct.
Fonseca Guimaraens own three noted estates: Quinta do Cruzeiro (the heart of Fonseca’s vintage ports), Quinta do Panascal and Quinta de Santo Antonio (also a traditional source for Fonseca’s vintage ports).