Burmester

Burmester

Address:
Rua de Belomonte 37
City:
Porto (ZIP Code 4050)
Country:
Portugal
Phone:
+ 351 22 374 66 60
Fax:
+ 351 22 374 66 99
Web:
http://www.burmester.pt/index.htm

Ths history of Burmester goes back until 1730. The family name comes from the German word for “mayor”, “Bürgermeister”.

In 1730 Henry Burmester founded a cereal trading company together with his business partner John Nash. Later they moved to Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, where they started to import Porto to England.

Together with his sons he dissolved the company and founded a new company to produce porto. When Napoleon invaded the contry, the family was forced to leave the country, no heirs left behind. It wasn’t until 1880 that a far relative from Hamburg overtook the company again. He changed the name to J.W. Burmester & Co and contributed a lot to the brand’s name and fame.

J.W. Burmester & Co belonged to the Burmester family until 2000. Then they sold to a company group. But the family name will remain with the Porto and as a street in Wimbledon which got named after Henry Burmester’s son, Frederick.

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