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Decanter on Quinta do Noval declaring the 2017 port vintage

April 16, 2019

Decanter reveals that Quinta do Noval (and Symington Family Estates) has declared the 2017 port vintage. Quinta do Noval’s Managing Director, Christian Seely commends the vintage stating that “2017 is clearly an exceptional year, which I believe will be remembered as one of the historic Vintage Port declarations of Quinta do Noval.” Read the full article here.

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