Churchill’s is a boutique producer of premium Port and Douro wines founded in 1981 by master blender Johnny Graham, the fifth generation of his family to make wine in the Douro Valley. Johnny founded Churchill’s with his two brothers and his wife, Caroline Churchill, who gave the company its name. Today, Johnny’s daughter Zoe her husband Ben Himowitz join him in running Churchill’s, as it transitions to becoming a second-generation company.
Churchill’s home is Quinta da Gricha in the Cima Corgo – 40 hectares of Grade-A vineyards and granite lagares in which port has been trodden by foot since 1852. Named for the natural spring (“gricha”) that feeds the north-facing vineyards, Quinta da Gricha sits 150 to 400 metres above sea level with a wind exposure that naturally regulates humidity. Our oldest vines are over 80 years old and produce wines with vibrant natural acidity and complexity.
We practice minimal intervention winemaking and sustainable agriculture to ensure that we can continue to make excellent wines in this region for centuries to come. All Churchill’s ports are fermented for an extended period using only native yeast in the old granite lagares. This allows for the purest expression of fruit as more grape sugar is converted to alcohol and less brandy is required in fortification. The result is our signature drier, fresh style.