The Douro Valley has long been home to production of Port wines. For the past couple of decades, however, a movement towards increasingly fine and elegant table wines has been underway. This movement has by now clearly culminated in a successful new industry, pioneered by the Douro Boys: Vallado, Crasto, Meão, Niepoort, Dona Maria.
Each work mainly with ‘field blends’—old, co-planted single vineyards containing a mixture of Douro indigenous varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Sousão and more. For all, a feature is retaining the smoky mineral tang of the Douro terroir’s schist soils.
Over the past decade Cristiano van Zeller has assisted Vallado modernise and shift from grower to A-grade estate producer.
Blue fruit and smokey schist perfectly define ‘Douro’. Cake-bake aromatics with stone-soil-berry amalgam; restrained with lovely spice and elegance. Tourigas Nacional and Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão.