~ 2017 ~
From Porto with the love of Sail
This ship has sailed.
We’re delighted to announce that Raymond Reynolds Ltd, Niepoort Vinhos SA and Trans Ocean Wind Transport (TOWT) have collaborated to set up the first, regular By Sail trading route from Portugal to the UK.
On the 23rd June Master Ulysses Buquen and his hearty crew aboard the 70ft wooden gaff ketch LUN II (built 1914, refurbished in 2016) set sail from Porto bound for the UK. They carry in the hold 4800 bottles of Niepoort Port and Douro wine. With fair winds, kind seas and a short stopover in Brittany, they will tie up at the port of Plymouth in mid-July.
This form of transport is a romantic recreation of the sail trading routes of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the only way Port & Douro Wine reached our shores and the busy taverns of Blightey. It also represents a positive step by ourselves and Niepoort Vinhos to reduce our collective Carbon Footprint for the importing of wine and Port to the UK.
While at present the unit cost of this mode of transport is higher than conventional methods (Road / Container), we believe this first attempt will help establish this Carbon Neutral mode of transport as a viable alternative for the future.
These bottles are identified by a ‘Shipped by Sail Power’ label and are a Low Carbon, romantic option for consumers. Probably, the Port and Wine will be qualitatively enhanced by its journey on the ocean waves!