OurStory

IT ALL BEGAN BY ACCIDENT…

Port has thousands of years of complicated history involving wars, treaties, and international shipping practices. Our history is a lot simpler—and a lot more fun.

Our founder, Bill Reading, always knew chocolate and wine were meant for each other. But chocolate and wine didn’t seem to think so. His attempts to marry the two into one unique after-dinner wine just didn’t work. That all changed on a night in 1994 when he and a winemaker friend took a chance and added a dash of dark chocolate essence into a glass of port.

One sip and he knew that he’d found the perfect pairing. That’s when DECO was born—a port with essences of dark chocolate. A year later, using his creative matchmaking skills, Bill created DUET, an after-dinner sherry with essences of natural hazelnut.

With their unique composition and sleek packaging, DECO and DUET revolutionized the fortified wine world. Many port and sherry producers have tried to copy this formula.

Bill’s creativity extends to other drinkable delights. We now offer single vintage, single vineyard ports made from sustainably grown petite sirah and petit verdot grapes, as well as our reserve and tawny ports.

Bill has passed the winemaking down to Deneice Knotts, a long-term employee. She started making the ports in the challenging year of 2020 and is bringing in new varietals that will hit the tasting room in 2022.