Kopke Ruby Port
Ruby one of two main types of Port, more common than Tawny. Taking its name from its deep ruby color it is sweet and has relatively little exposure to oak being aged in bulk for two to three years.
A fine example of an uncomplicated and straightforward Ruby Port with the pleasing sweetness of stewed red and black fruits.
Ruby Ports are the ideal partner for a cheeseboard – full flavoured cheeses such as a good farmhouse Cheddar or Red Leicester – chocolate desserts or dishes an intense wine reduction.
About the Producer
C N Kopke
Formed in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son Nicolau, the House of Kopke is the oldest established Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.
Kopke passed to the Bohane family at the end of the 19th century, who tried to run it from London, where they had most of their economic interests. But the geographical distance and the two World Wars disabled their control of the House and they decided to sell.
In 1953 and after some negotiations, Manuel Barros, bought Kopke where it became part of the Barros Group which includes other port houses such as Hutcheson and Feuerheerd. Manuel Barros and his Sons, João and Manuel, ran the company until the middle of the 1970s.
In 2006 the Sogevinus Group, looking to widen its presence in Port wines, took control of Barros’ interests, the vineyards and production of Kopke along with Hutcheson and Feuerheerd.