History & Geography
The first owner of the São Luiz Estate was João Varandas between 1800 and 1830. The estate was bought by Kopke in 1922 and it was considered as one of the most luxurious, colorful and flowery of the Douro because of the bright colours it had which contrasted with the walls painted in white. Kopke is the oldest Port Wine house in the world, having been established in 1638 even before the demarcation of the Douro Valley. Its founder Christian Kopke was once the Consul of the Hanseatic League. The end of the relation of the family to the brand was in 1895 when Joachim August Kopke died. From then on, the Bohane, relatives of the Kopke, took care of the business but tried to manage it from London. With the advent of the WWII it became difficult to run the business at distance and in 1953 the firm was sold to the Barros family. It was later purchased by the Sogevinus Group in 2006 to which also belong Burmester (1750), Cálem (1859) and Barros (1913).
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