Dominic Symington named new director of Primum Familiae Vini
- Tuesday 26 November 2013
Symington, director of Symington Family Estates, which counts Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow and the Madeira Wine Company among its brands, takes over from Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild.
RPFV, founded in 1992, is an association of eleven of the most prestigious wine families in the world, comprising Miguel Torres, Hugel & Fils, Egon Muller Scharzhof, Maison Joseph Drouhin, Marchesi Antinori, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Famille Perrin, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido, Pol Roger and Symington.
The group took a step up in profile this year with the first public tasting at Prowein, and the Grape Foundation charity auction in London, where a trip to each of the European estates within the group raised £45,000. Similar events are planned for Prowein and Vinexpo Hong Kong in 2014.
‘This is not in any way a commercial organisation,’ Symington told decanter.com. ‘The group contains only 100% family owned and run estates, and we share information on succession issues, on ways to protect our wines against forgery, and various technical advances.’
Symington did hold out the possibility that there may be a 12th winemaking family joining the PFV in the near future. ‘But this would be an invitation-only process, and only after full agreement from all existing members’.