Van Zellers & Co.
Cristiano van Zeller is one of the Douro region’s most important ambassadors. With great passion and convincing authority, the storyteller par excellence carries the stories of the Douro Valley, its vintners, and its wines around the world.
Christiano’s career began back in 1981 managing Quinta do Noval. In 1993, after selling Noval, Cristiano turned his focus to the development of the new Douro DOC wines and supported 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 had been producing award winning Douro Wines ever since.
In 2007, Cristiano acquired full ownership of the old family Port company Van Zellers & Co. as 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.