Van Zellers

Cristiano Van Zeller left the family firm (Quinta do Noval) in 1993 to produce his own wine. In 1996 he acquired Quinta do Vale Dona Maria and began an ongoing job of reconstruction and replanting. Early vintages were made and stored at Dirk Niepoort’s quinta. Many of the mixed grape vineyards are over fifty years old and the Ports are trodden b...

Cristiano Van Zeller left the family firm (Quinta do Noval) in 1993 to produce his own wine. In 1996 he acquired Quinta do Vale Dona Maria and began an ongoing job of reconstruction and replanting. Early vintages were made and stored at Dirk Niepoort’s quinta. Many of the mixed grape vineyards are over fifty years old and the Ports are trodden by foot in traditional stone lagares. The richness of the Douro Region and the wines produced there can and should be promoted using the very aspects that make it unique in the world; its geography, soil and climate, the numerous different high quality native grape varieties, the different style of wines those grapes can produce (from all styles of Port to white and red still wines), all the different vineyards (Quintas), and their ancient history.

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