About the wine maker
In 1790, George Sandeman, an ambitious young Scotsman from Perth, founded a wine business in London. With a £300 loan he bought his first wine cellar and started trading in Port and Sherry from Tom’s Coffee House. Sandeman was the first company to brand a cask. In 1805, Sandeman started fire branding their trademark GSC (George Sandeman & Co.) in a crow’s foot design on all pipes they sold, thus giving the wine a name that assured quality.
In 1928, George Massiot Brown, a Scotsman, created The Don. Dressed like the Spanish Cabelleros de Jerez in a Portuguese student’s cape and wide-brimmed hat, the Don cuts a dark, dramatic figure with his glass of ruby coloured Porto. This powerful image has been an integral part of both bottle labels and advertising since the early 1930s. Recognising that French poster artists were very much in vogue, he signed his work G. Massiot to hide his Scottish origins.
Luis Sottomayor had worked in several wine growing regions before entering the Port wine business in 1989. With a solid technical knowledge and cellar management skills, he is responsible for all the company’s Douro produced wines. He leads an outstanding team of winemakers, tasters and cellar workers, alongside supervising the company wineries in the Douro region as well as the traditional and impressive ageing cellars and warehouses.