PRODUCERS OF LEGENDARY PORTS FOR OVER TWO CENTURIES
In 1862, Bruno’s son, John da Silva, went into partnership with Frederick William Cosens and together they established Silva & Cosens. The company flourished and, with its expansion, they were joined by George Warre in 1868. The Warre family had been involved in the port trade since its earliest years.
A decade later in 1877, Silva & Cosens merged with another leading port house, Dow & Co. Although a much smaller company, Dow & Co was highly regarded – particularly for its Vintage Ports – and it was decided that the two companies would adopt the name: Dow’s.
With the experience and tasting expertise of James R. Dow, the financial nous of Edward da Silva, and the driving force of winemaker George Warre, Dow’s quickly became one of the leading names in the port trade.