Port was the Duke of Wellington's favourite tipple. He indulged in a glass or two each night before retiring, including the evening before famous battles. Many of Wellington's officers were from the Oporto family of Port producers, they fought alongside Wellington at almost every engagement against Napoleon during the Peninsular war. Their descendants are still in the industry, the Symingtons now operate the most prestigious marques in Vintage Port. Quinta do Vesuvio have amassed a breathtaking number of awards at prestigious international competitions.