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.

The company

Today, Van Zellers and Co. sees a new light with the 14th and 15th Generation. It celebrates 400 years of the family in the Port trade and Cristiano relaunches it this year with a new image, a new philosophy and a new range of wines.

Respect for the Douro, for its heritage, diversity, expression, tradition and people is what keeps us in the wine trade. Innovation, perseverance and reinvention is what makes us today a rare must-try experience. Van Zellers and Co. expresses today’s Port and Douro wines in three different categories – wines that have been Crafted by Hand, by Time or by Nature.

These three factors are responsible for the creation of such diversity in styles, flavours and textures behind the complexity of Port and Douro wines. It’s our own craftmanship and knowledge, time itself or the magic behind nature, that transforms Port and Douro wines into something unique in each bottling.

Tourism

Van Zellers and Co. is preparing a new website, where you’ll be able to book the companies’ experiences and join the family in its new journey.

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