Est. 2011


Hunt Constantino Vinhos Lda

Founded 1650
Owner Sogrape
Vintage Port Brands Hunts, Tuke Holdsworth, Constantino

The business run by Thomas Newman of Dartmouth, Devon, England, as early as 1503, was importing wine from Portugal to England. The famous Hunt Roope & Co. Ltd whose origins go back to 1650 and centre round the old Devon and Dartmouth families of Newman, Roope, Holdworth, Hunt and Teage. The wine was being bartered for salted cod brought to England by Devon fishermen, thus the Newman link with Newfoundland was established. In 1679, the company expanded and went into partnership with the Roopes, another family of Dartmouth merchants. According to legend, in the fall of 1679, a Newman's ship loaded with port wine from Oporto, en route to London, was chased by a French privateer and blown off course, prompting the captain to steer for Newman's plantation in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The port remained at St. John's over the winter, and when it was brought to London in the spring, its quality was found to have greatly improved. By 1700, the partnership was known as Robert Newman & Co. They further expanded in 1711 when they opened business premises in Oporto to handle fish. A descendant, John Newman, was sending his own fishing vessels to Newfoundland. By mid-17th century, the Newman family was firmly involved in the fishery trade and marketing cod to Portugal. They set up trading centres in Newfoundland and located an office at Harbor Briton. The success of this office led them to establish further offices at St John’s and Little Bay. With its own fleet of vessels, it was transporting port wine from Portugal to Newfoundland where it was stored for maturing and eventual distribution to the Americas as well as back to England. This inspired Newman's to send large quantities of its port wine to Newfoundland each year to mature. This tradition was maintained until 1997. By 1735, they had developed further partnership arrangements with the Holdsworth family of Dartmouth and the Olive family of Poole, who were involved in the port wine trade under the name of Hunt, Roope & Co, and became known as Newman, Roope & Co.

Thereafter it went through numerous name changes as partners died and marriages brought in new family names. By far the bulk of the surviving correspondence is addressed to Hunt, Roope, Newman & Co at Oporto. Hunt also made Single Quinta Vintage Port from Quinta da Eira Velha which belong to the Newman family. This quinta was bought by Cable Roope in 1893 but they had bought its wine since 1809.

The records relate to the following company names; Hunt, Newman, Roope and Co; Hunt, Roope and Co; Hunt, Roope, Teage and Co; John Newman and Co; Newman and Co; Newman, Hunt and Co; Newman, Hunt and Lyon; Newman and Land; Newman, Land, Hunt and Co; Newman and Roope; Robert Newman and Co.

Ferreira bought the firm of Hunt, Roope & Co in 1956, but the Newman family retained the Quinta da Eira Velha and in 1958 Ferreira bought another port wine house, Constantinos, and merged the two to Hunt Constantiono Vinhos SA.

Tuke Holdsworth is a very old and respected Port house. ‘It has perhaps the longest and most romantic history of any firm in Porto’, according to Windham Fletcher, renowned Port expert. The old brand Tuke Holdsworth, traditional for Hunt & Roope Ports was kept and the quinta which supply Tuke with its vintage port is still in the owner’s i.e. in Sogrape’s hand since they bought it in 1986.

Hunt Vintages:1847, 1851, 1858, 1868, 1870, 1873, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1921*, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970
Tuke Holdsworth Vintages:1756, 1757, 1812*, 1820 ((Newman)), 1821, 1834, 1840, 1844, 1846*, 1847, 1851, 1858, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1900, 1901*, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1980*, 1983 (Sogrape), 1987 (Hunt, Constantino), 1994 (Hunt, Constantino), 1995 (Hunt, Constantino), 2003
Quinta da Eira Velha Vintages:1890, 1896, 1943 (Hunt, Roope & Co), 1945

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1912
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar and some crème caramel in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.40
TasteHardly medium body. Elegant but some unbalanced acidity. Still quite drinkable and holding together, Quite old but interesting port.Average score
Last tasted11th January 1996Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1931
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetCrème caramel and burned sugar nose.Score range15.50 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Balanced and complex port but a little short finish. Very tasty.Average score16.46
Last tasted15th September 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belong to Gerda and Ole Vesterdahl Collection
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1947
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetBurned sugar. Quite old nose.Score range14.90 - 14.90
TasteMedium body. Alcoholic but still sweet. Short but interesting finish. Too old now.Average score14.90
Last tasted14th November 2001Point this date14.90
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1960
ColourVery light tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy and ether nose. Quite old bouquet.Score range14.50 - 14.50
TasteMedium body. Thin. Tasty but a short finish. Have been much better we suppose.Average score
Last tasted15th November 2007Point this date14.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1963
ColourMature very yellow in colour.Number of tastings9
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, menthol, nuts. toffee and butterscotch in the nose..Score range15.50 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Butterscotch, dark chocolate, cacao, toffee menthol and nuts in flavour. Mature and peaking. Will not be better but is wonderful to enjoy now. Elegant, very long and complex finish.Average score15.90
Last tasted14th December 2019Point this date17.50
CommentTasted at a Wine Friend’s home.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal’s Private Collection.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseHunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1970
ColourMature yellow beautiful in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetVery generous nose. Crème caramel, coffee, tea, fudge, toffee and so on.Score range15.40 - 17.25
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Elegant and at its peak. Wonderful complexity. A very generous port with toffee and fudge in taste. The finish is long, attractive and delicious.Average score16.45
Last tasted15th June 2013Point this date17.00
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club.
The last three bottles we have had have been marvellous!

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Last tasted:

1st April
Graham’s Malvedos 1987
31st March
Calem 2002
30th March
Constantinos 1960
F. Martins
Hutcheson 1960
Quinta do Sibio
Real Vinicola 1960
29th March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1974
Joven 1974
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1974
21st March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1995
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1995
Quinta do Infantado 1995
Quinta do Noval 1995
Quinta de Terra Feita
Taylor 1995
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1995
Quinta do Vesuvio 1995


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