Miguel Roquette

Quinta do Crasto

Cristiano van Zeller

Quinta Vale D. Maria

João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro

Quinta do Vallado

Francisco “Xito” Olazábal

Quinta do Vale Meão

Dirk van der Niepoort

Niepoort

About the Douro Boys

Our common story started back in 2003. Since then we’ve organized many professional presentations, seminars and tastings right around the world spreading knowledge and the enjoyment of our wines. 

 

Wine production in the Douro Valley has a very long history, but Port wine production is actually relatively young. Port wine was celebrated globally from the 18th century, but prior to that the red table wines of the Douro already enjoyed export success.

Our common goal is to cultivate appreciation of the remarkable quality and character of Douro table wines around the the world. Our international recognition should correspond to their quality and character, and they are at least as remarkable as our Port wines.

One could say that – just like the wines! – the blend of our personalities and characters makes the perfect “Cuvée” of winemakers:

João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro and Francisco Ferreira (Quinta do Vallado) produce high quality wines on a considerable scale and welcome thousands of guests each year to their two hotels in the Douro Valley, making them major players in  Portuguese wine tourism.

Cristiano van Zeller (Van Zellers & Co.), the relaxed bear of the group, has a tiny, but impressive, Quinta right in the midst of the steep valley – what a beautiful view! – where he produces wines with a well defined structure that are on the elegant side. He’s a storyteller par excellence and you can listen to his stories for hours!

Francisco “Xito” Olazábal (Quinta do Vale Meão) is the one who holds up the tradition of winemaking in the Douro. One of the reasons is that he’s a direct descendant of Dona Antónia – THE legendary Grande Dame of the Douro. Paired with his passion, the result of Xito’s craft are wines with an incredible finesse and fascinating softness. In private life he’s an elegant gentleman and a great golfer.

The wines of Tómas and Miguel Roquette (Quinta do Crasto) are made by oenologist Manuel Lobo and are very traditional, yet also scientifically precise. The winery works so accurately that the wines created there truly speak of the terroir and grapes. But to fully appreciate the atmosphere of the place where they are produced, you have to experience the relaxed hospitality of the Roquettes. Worth a visit!

Last, but not least, we have Dirk van der Niepoort (Niepoort), the creative mind behind the ambitious group. His innovative spirit and deep appreciation of the region’s traditions have been the twin drivers for the development of the Douro during the last decades. His passionate belief in the Douro’s potential led many other winemakers to produce table wines with a passion like his, but with their own unique vision.

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
Web: www.quintadocrasto.pt

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,
Portugal

Tel: +351 223 744 320
Email: cristiano.vanzeller@quintavaledonamaria.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
Portugal

Tel: +351 279 762 156
Email: geral@quintadovalemeao.pt
Web: www.quintadovalemeao.pt