Symingtons release wine to support rewilding project

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Symington Family Estates has added a new wine to its ‘Altano’ range from the Douro to support the Rewilding Portugal initiative, including in ‘bag-in-tube’ format.

The ‘Altano Rewilding Edition’ is a blend of classic red varieties from the Douro Valley, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca and as well as being offered in bottle, the new blend will also be packaged in a 2.25 litre bag-in-tube format – which is easily recyclable and has a much lower carbon footprint than glass.

Every sale of the new edition will see a contribution made to support Rewilding Portugal, in addition to the €15,000-a-year that Symington Family Estates is providing to the project through its Symington Impact Fund which is part of its B Corporation requirements.

The Rewilding Portugal project is part of a pan-European network, across eight countries, protecting and rejuvenating natural habitats.

In Portugal this is a 120,000 hectare wildlife corridor stretching down the length of the Greater Côa Valley, which will become a haven for native flora and fauna such as Iberian lynx and wolves, wild horses and all manner of birds.

Rob Symington, director at Symington Family Estates, said: “We’re really excited about this wine, which is a fantastic and accessible showcase of a Douro red and combines an innovative new format with an interesting story and an opportunity for people to contribute to a positive cause.

“We are pleased to be raising awareness of Rewilding Portugal’s important conservation work in the Côa Valley, just a few kilometres away from our vineyards in the Douro Superior. As the environmental and climate crises accelerate, we need to see practical solutions being implemented at scale. Rewilding is emerging as a multi- faceted solution to many of the environmental problems we face in the 21st century.”