Quinta Vale D. Maria

STORY

Located in the heart of the Douro Demarcated Region in the Rio Torto valley, Quinta do Vale D. Maria was acquired by Cristiano and wife Joana van Zeller in 1996 from Joana’s family. This very old quinta, which had been in Joana’s family for well over 250 years, was then reduced to a 19-hectare property, planted with 10 hectares of vineyards over 50 years old. Van Zeller & Co. dates back to 1780 and is one of the oldest Port producers, also producing Douro white & red wines in 2004. All Douro wines from their own vineyards – Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Reds and Ports and CV (Curriculum Vitae Douro Red) are foot-trodden in open traditional lagares before being racked for fermentation into small open top vats by a dedicated team of viticulturists and winemakers – Sandra Tavares da Silva, Joana Pinhão and Cristiano van Zeller.