The wine is then aged in seasoned oak barrels, handmade by our own team of coopers and this is when we add our special ingredient, a good serving of Time. We mature our Special Reserve for longer than other reserve Ports.

What’s so special about that? Well, these extra years in the barrels are what give Cockburn’s Special Reserve its characteristic balance and smoothness.

Cockburn’s was founded in 1815 by the Scottish brothers Robert and John Cockburn. Guided by Robert Cockburn’s conviction that “the quality of the wine – that is the first thing to be looked to”, Cockburn’s was also influenced by the personalities of the great individuals and families who over the centuries joined its ranks. When purchased in 1962 by a multinational corporation, the quality of the wine began to wane, and although Cockburn’s Vintage Ports had once demanded the highest price of all Ports, one hundred years later their reputation had slipped. Following the Symington’s acquisition of Cockburn’s in 2010, and the company’s return to family ownership, 48 years of corporate decision making was revised, and the focus was returned to one thing: the quality of the wine.