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We always aim to preserve for the future, what we have received from the past.

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It is this very contrast: combination of old and new,

innovation and respect for tradition, long

family histories and modern technology,

which make the Douro Valley one of the most

fascinating regions of the wine making world.

It is this very contrast:

Combination of old and new,

innovation and respect for

tradition, long family

histories and modern

technology, long family

histories and modern

technology, which make

the Douro Valley one of

the most fascinating

regions of the

wine making world.

Van Zellers & Co Vineyards

Van Zellers & Co focuses on producing wines from very different terroirs, within the Douro region.

Van Zellers & Co Vineyards

Van Zellers & Co focuses on producing wines from very different terroirs, within the Douro region. The vineyards are found in the Torto, Pinhão and Douro valleys, where some of the oldest and most diverse vineyards are found. Here the singularity of each parcel can be the origin of a single vineyard wine, or a part of a greater blend. Our vineyards have an average age of 60 to 80 years of age, some with more than 20 grape varieties per hectare. This diversity is what makes our wines unique.
Our viticultural practices respect the environment, foster biodivetsity and combat erosion. We always aim to preserve for the future, what we have received from the past.

Vinha de Valença

31.950m2

Bordered by a small stone pathway, that leads to the hilltop of Valença, is a 3,7 hectare vineyard on a gentle slope facing Pinhão with stunning river views. Here, we have found the perfect base for our Ports and for VZ Douro Red. Winds flow through the vines throughout the year giving way to very healthy grape development. The North and Eastern sun exposure allows for a slower maturation period producing balanced and elegant wines.

  • Vineyard area: 3,7 hectares / 9 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 450 and 490 m
  • No of varieties: Over 20
  • Approximate age: over 25
  • Sun Exposure: North and East
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2019

Vinha de Casal de Loivos

We have always treasured long-term relationships. To our great satisfaction, one day Cristiano received a phone call from Sr. Bartolomeu. Sr. Bartolomeu is a retired worker from Quinta do Noval, who worked alongside Cristiano for 13 years and knew him since he was born. He needed someone to oversee a number of vineyard plots near the village of Casal de Loivos, above Pinhão. Cristiano was both touched and honoured by the trust placed in him, and therefore Van Zellers & Co manages this conglomerate of 6 small parcels.

  • Vineyard area: 3.9 hectares / 9 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 270 and 420 m
  • No of varieties: Over 10 (mainly Touriga Franca)
  • Approximate age: over 40
  • Sun Exposure: South
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2018

Vinha das Silvas

In 2003, in one of Cristiano’s many drives through the valley, he saw, on the wilder and off the beaten track margin of the Torto river, a very old vineyard, over 80 years of age. Surrounded by centenary old olive trees, at 250 metres altitude, this very old field blend had a northern exposure, which conferred to it an added sense of mystery. Cristiano, and Sandra Tavares da Silva at the time, decided to ferment this plot in a single lagar. The result was outstanding, a wine like no other they had tasted. The first reaction was to say: “this wine will look great on our CV’s!” This is how CV-Curriculum Vitae Douro Red, one of the region’s most iconic wines, was born.

  • Vineyard area: 3 hectares / 7 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: At 250 m
  • No of varieties: Over 20
  • Approximate age: Around 80 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: North
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2003

Vinha da Alampassa

Facing the Silvas vineyard, this east facing parcel seems to mirror its northern facing counterpart. With a field blend of indigenous grape varieties the wines that are produced from here are deep, seductive and colour rich. On its best years, it is the base of our Vintage Ports.

  • Vineyard area: 1,85 hectares / 4 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 200 m
  • No of varieties: 4 varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca)
  • Approximate age: over 35 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: East
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2003

Vinha da Fonte da Gafa

Faraway from the Douro river, high up in the mountains close to Murça, this one hectare vineyard finds the ideal location for the growth of white grapes. Here, where the winds flow stronger, the nights are cooler and the days are milder, the white grapes ripen slowly, maintaining their fresher, fruitier character. Our first harvest here was in 2013. The uniqueness of this very old field blend could only have one destiny: CV-Curriculum Vitae Douro White

  • Vineyard area: 0,97 hectares / 2 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting White
  • Altitude: 400 m
  • No of varieties: around 10
  • Approximate age: 70 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: North
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2013

Home

On one of the many times Cristiano and Joana drove past the Têdo river, they were always seduced by the name of a small village called “Adorigo”. It is placed high up on the mountain, where privileged views of the Douro river can be enjoyed. It is a small plot of land, with centenary old olive trees, old terraced walls where our family home may grow.

Warehouse

  • Van Zellers & Co. Lodge 4 – Port and Douro wines’ vinification, storage and ageing (wood casks and larger vats) and bottling. Tasting room.
  • Van Zellers & Co. Lodge 9 – Port and Douro wines’ storage and ageing in oak barriques, storage and ageing in bottle, labelling, packaging and shipping.

Van Zellers & Co Vineyards

Van Zellers & Co focuses on producing wines from very different terroirs, within the Douro region. The vineyards are found in the Torto, Pinhão and Douro valleys, where some of the oldest and most diverse vineyards are found. Here the singularity of each parcel can be the origin of a single vineyard wine, or a part of a greater blend. Our vineyards have an average age of 60 to 80 years of age, some with more than 20 grape varieties per hectare. This diversity is what makes our wines unique.
Our viticultural practices respect the environment, foster biodivetsity and combat erosion. We always aim to preserve for the future, what we have received from the past.

Vinha de Valença

31.950m2

Bordered by a small stone pathway, that leads to the hilltop of Valença, is a 3,7 hectare vineyard on a gentle slope facing Pinhão with stunning river views. Here, we have found the perfect base for our Ports and for VZ Douro Red. Winds flow through the vines throughout the year giving way to very healthy grape development. The North and Eastern sun exposure allows for a slower maturation period producing balanced and elegant wines.

  • Vineyard area: 3,7 hectares / 9 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 450 and 490 m
  • No of varieties: Over 20
  • Approximate age: over 25
  • Sun Exposure: North and East
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2019

Vinha de Casal de Loivos

We have always treasured long-term relationships. To our great satisfaction, one day Cristiano received a phone call from Sr. Bartolomeu. Sr. Bartolomeu is a retired worker from Quinta do Noval, who worked alongside Cristiano for 13 years and knew him since he was born. He needed someone to oversee a number of vineyard plots near the village of Casal de Loivos, above Pinhão. Cristiano was both touched and honoured by the trust placed in him, and therefore Van Zellers & Co manages this conglomerate of 6 small parcels.

  • Vineyard area: 3.9 hectares / 9 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 270 and 420 m
  • No of varieties: Over 10 (mainly Touriga Franca)
  • Approximate age: over 40
  • Sun Exposure: South
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2018

Vinha das Silvas

In 2003, in one of Cristiano’s many drives through the valley, he saw, on the wilder and off the beaten track margin of the Torto river, a very old vineyard, over 80 years of age. Surrounded by centenary old olive trees, at 250 metres altitude, this very old field blend had a northern exposure, which conferred to it an added sense of mystery. Cristiano, and Sandra Tavares da Silva at the time, decided to ferment this plot in a single lagar. The result was outstanding, a wine like no other they had tasted. The first reaction was to say: “this wine will look great on our CV’s!” This is how CV-Curriculum Vitae Douro Red, one of the region’s most iconic wines, was born.

  • Vineyard area: 3 hectares / 7 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: At 250 m
  • No of varieties: Over 20
  • Approximate age: Around 80 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: North
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2003

Vinha da Alampassa

Facing the Silvas vineyard, this east facing parcel seems to mirror its northern facing counterpart. With a field blend of indigenous grape varieties the wines that are produced from here are deep, seductive and colour rich. On its best years, it is the base of our Vintage Ports.

  • Vineyard area: 1,85 hectares / 4 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting Red
  • Altitude: between 200 m
  • No of varieties: 4 varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca)
  • Approximate age: over 35 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: East
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2003

Vinha da Fonte da Gafa

Faraway from the Douro river, high up in the mountains close to Murça, this one hectare vineyard finds the ideal location for the growth of white grapes. Here, where the winds flow stronger, the nights are cooler and the days are milder, the white grapes ripen slowly, maintaining their fresher, fruitier character. Our first harvest here was in 2013. The uniqueness of this very old field blend could only have one destiny: CV-Curriculum Vitae Douro White

  • Vineyard area: 0,97 hectares / 2 acres
  • Grapes: Mixed planting White
  • Altitude: 400 m
  • No of varieties: around 10
  • Approximate age: 70 years of age
  • Sun Exposure: North
  • Van Zellers & Co first harvest: 2013

Home

On one of the many times Cristiano and Joana drove past the Têdo river, they were always seduced by the name of a small village called “Adorigo”. It is placed high up on the mountain, where privileged views of the Douro river can be enjoyed. It is a small plot of land, with centenary old olive trees, old terraced walls where our family home may grow.

Warehouse

  • Van Zellers & Co. Lodge 4 – Port and Douro wines’ vinification, storage and ageing (wood casks and larger vats) and bottling. Tasting room.
  • Van Zellers & Co. Lodge 9 – Port and Douro wines’ storage and ageing in oak barriques, storage and ageing in bottle, labelling, packaging and shipping.
  • HOME
  • VALENÇA
  • SILVAS
  • ALAMPASSA
  • CASAL DE lOIVOS
  • FONTE DA GAFA
  • WAREHOUSE

THE DOURO REGION

THE DOURO REGION

THE DOURO REGION

Famous for its Port Wine, the Douro Valley has also been surprising wine lovers during the past couple of decades for the quality and diversity of its dry red and white DOC Wines. However, its history dates back long ago. The Douro is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world since 1756. The region’s dramatic and poetic landscape, climate and wines has been dazzling visitors and still inspires locals. In 2001 a large part of the Alto Douro was declared UNESCO’s World Heritage site, which was another great step for the region’s promotion and world wide recognition.

THE DOURO REGION

CLIMATE

The Douro region is characterised by having different micro climates in three different sub-regions: Baixo Corgo has a more Atlantic climate; Cima Corgo a mediterranean climate; and Douro Superior a Continental one. It is also known for its extreme temperatures in the summer and winter, as at night and by day. Precipitation falls more freely in the Baixo Corgo, whilst the Douro Superior can have rainfall similar to the Sahara desert. Sunlight is abundant, particularly in the summer months, even though the nights are generally cool with temperatures dropping around 10ºC. It is common to have differences in temperature and humidity in close areas, depending on the location of the vineyards, their altitude and proximity to the river.

THE DOURO REGION

SOIL

Mainly schist soil – a slate-like rock that allows for vines to grow their roots deep into the ground (some reaching around 7 metres deep) – the plants find humidity to aid a consistent growth and maturation of the grapes.

The schist also has the particularity of absorbing heat and releasing it slowly in lower temperatures, thus maintaining a stable temperature around the vines, ideal for grape maturation.

THE DOURO REGION

LOCATIOn

The Douro region is located in the northeastern part of Portugal, around 150 kms inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Three mountain ranges protect the cold and humid winds from reaching the region, making this a micro-climate that is slightly drier and with more extreme temperatures than the rest of the northern part of the country. This is the largest mountainous wine region in the world, well over 40,000 hectares, with vines planted on steep, often terraced slopes. With over 100 different certified grape varieties planted on schist soils, the Douro is a hard land, where most of the work is still done by hand. Vineyards are mainly planted by randomly mixing the varieties in the field, known as field blends, in order to obtain balance in the wines. The difference in altitudes and sun exposures, alongside the age of vines, also contribute to the immense possibilities of creating wines with an individual character. It is commonplace to see the traditional granite fermentation tanks used for foot treading sit alongside the most sophisticated technology available.

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