Van Zellers & Co.
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.
His career began back in 1981 managing the family company Quinta do Noval. In 1993, after the sale of Noval, Cristiano turned his focus into the development of the new Douro DOC wines and integrated projects such as the start of Quinta do Crasto and Quinta do Vallado. In 1996 he started his own project, Quinta Vale D. Maria, a small property that had been in his wife’s, Joana, family for over 250 years and which has been producing award winning Douro Wines ever since.
In 2007, Cristiano acquires full ownership of the old family Port company Van Zellers & Co. by a gift from his cousin João van Zeller, since then rebuilding the old Port stocks and creating new Douro wines, including one of the Douro stars: CV-Curriculum Vitae Douro White and Douro Red.