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Portugal’s Wine Elite at the Asia 50 Best Awards 2019

It was legendary event, last week at the Wynn Palace in Macau, when the fifty best restaurants in Asia were honoured in an award ceremony. And it was also a great honour for the Douro Boys (Quinta do Vallado, Quinta do Crasto, Niepoort, Quinta Vale D.Maria & Quinta do Vale Meão) that their award-winning wines were presented exclusively at the festivities.

It is a great sign of recognition and appreciation that the Douro Boys were invited to present their wines at the most important event on the Asian restaurant calendar. Once again, this highlights the pioneering roles that these five families have performed in the world of Portuguese wine. Wines from the Douro Valley have become an imposing presence in the world’s fine dining scene in recent years – no wine list in the world’s top restaurants would be imaginable without them. ‘Since our founding in 2003, we have not only invested a great deal of time and energy in improving the quality of our wines, but also in making the incomparable Douro Valley better known around the world. It’s so nice to see that our efforts have paid off’, says Cristiano van Zeller from Quinta Vale D. Maria.

What makes the Douro Valley so unique? On the one hand, it is the people who love this region, who nurture and care for it on a daily basis. On the other hand, it is the unique interplay of breathtaking scenery and magnificent vineyards that creates the potential for vinifying highly praised wines. To give the top-ranked chefs “1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners“ the opportunity to learn more about the Douro Valley and its marvellous wines, after the award ceremony the Douro Boys officially invited them for a visit to the Douro.

The Winners

  • 1st place: Julien Royer from Restaurant Odette in Singapore
  • 2nd place: Rydo Anton from Restaurant Gaggan, Bangkok in Thailand
  • 3rd place: Zaiyu Hasegawa from Restaurant Den in Tokyo, Japan

Are you looking for an enlightening wine-discussion paired with a stay in one of the best and most architecturally pleasing hotels in the whole Douro? Then you have to visit the Ferreiras! Their passion for the region is contagious and you will not leave the valley without being impressed by the local cuisine with fruit and vegetables from their own garden.

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Vilarinho dos Freires
5050 - 364 Peso da Régua Portugal

Tel: +351 254 323147
Email: geral@quintadovallado.com
Web: www.quintadovallado.com

Some experts call Niepoort is the initiator of the modern Douro. Consequently, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to try his wines in their home. Although the gape elixir is always on their creative minds, you might catch one of the Niepoorts for an inspiring chat about their globally acclaimed wines.

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Quinta de Nápoles
5510-543
Portugal

Tel: +351 223 777 770
Email: info@niepoort.pt
Web: www.niepoort-vinhos.com

In addition to the impressive quality of the wines, you won’t forget a meeting with the Roquettes: Their hospitality and joie de vivre, combined with the mystical location of the winery are an experience not to be missed!

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Gouvinhas
5060-063 Sabrosa
Portugal

Tel: +351 254 920 020
Email : crasto@quintadocrasto.pt
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Cristiano van Zeller is one of the Douro Valley’s most important ambassadors. With great passion and convincing authority, he spins tales like no other. Cristiano is the communicator par excellence and leaves and indelible image of the Douro and its wines all over the world.

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EM502,
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Email: cristianovanzeller@vanzellersandco.com

You want to drink the same wine as the royalty of China? Then come and visit the Olazábals. Not only do they produce amazing and highly-rated wines, but you have to experience this diamond of a spot!

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Vila Nova de Foz Côa
5150-501 Vila Nova de Foz Côa
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Tel: +351 279 762 156
Email: geral@quintadovalemeao.pt
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