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School of Port launches The Masters video course

School of Port, the educational platform from port producer Symington Family Estates, is launching a new video course called The Masters.

The Masters is described as School of Port’s most advanced and comprehensive online video course to date.

Following The Essentials – a 16-episode course that covers the various stages of port production – The Masters “takes the viewer to the next level, tackling the subject with more vigour and technical detail”, according to Symington Family Estates.

Consisting of five episodes (listed below), The Masters explores the production, ageing, and bottling of the different styles of port, with guest speakers providing first-hand experience and insights into their craft.

Students will learn about the processes at the heart of port winemaking, hear from those directly involved in producing and ageing all styles of port, and learn in detail about how different port styles are blended and bottled.

In addition to Isabel Monteiro – affectionately known as School of Port’s resident #portgeek – The Masters features a host of important figures from across the trade, including several members of the Symington family’s fourth generation.

The Masters is now available free from, requiring only that students register before starting. English and Portuguese subtitles are available, and students can choose whether to take an exam at the end of the course to receive a digital School of Port certificate.

It is recommended that viewers watch the episodes sequentially, which are:

  • Episode 1: Fermentation, fortification, and ageing
  • Episode 2: Wood-matured port I – Ruby, Reserve Ruby, LBV
  • Episode 3: Wood-matured port II – Tawny, Reserve Tawny, Aged Tawnies
  • Episode 4: Bottle-matured port – LBV, Crusted, Vintage Port
  • Episode 5: Into the Bottle – Blending and bottling

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