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Quinta do Noval.

Quinta do Noval

Ask any port aficionado about Quinta Do Noval and his eyes will light up!

The reputation of this unique and truly outstanding Quinta (equivalent to a chateau in Bordeaux) is well earned.

Once you experience a Quinta Do Noval port, your port wine standards will rise to levels hitherto unknown.

1715 is the first date on record mentioning Quinta Do Noval’s with

the owner being one Manuel Texeria, whose heirs sold the property to Nicolau Francisco Guimarens in 1762. Under Guimaren’s guidance, the property was expanded during the next century but eventually sold again in 1862.

Jose Maria Rebello Valente, the new owner, replanted many blocks of the vineyards. In 1860 the production had dropped to 16 pipes (each pipe approximately 500 litres), but by 1868 it had increased to 150.

A few years later the phylloxera hit and dreams of producing 300 pipes had to be given up. Mr. Valente’s daughter Maria Jose was financially unable to replant the vineyards and sold the property to Antonio Jose da Silva in 1894.

At the time the Quinta’s annual production had dropped to six pipes. The new owner replanted the vineyards using the most up-to-date viticultural technology available. In subsequent years replanting continued, and one hectare was set aside for propagation using the traditional technique of using cane of selected vines aka pe franco in the valley.

Eventually, Cristiano van Zeller came in thorough marriage, and under his guidance Quinta Do Noval gained worldwide recognition. In 1993 the property was sold to a giant French insurance company (AXA), which also owns a prestigious property in Tokaji, Hungary, and a few outstanding chateaux in Bordeaux.

The estate lies on the south bank of the Pinhao River valley, with commanding views of fascinating beauty. The strategically located Quinta can eb seen from every point in the valley.

Quinta Do Noval is one of the few estates entitled to ship directly to importers and was the first to apply for a licence when the Portuguese government decided to allow direct shipments in 1986.

The turning point came in 1993 when AXA purchased the property and stated profound renovations as well as replanting some neglected vineyard blocks.

AXA management made a conscious decision to make a market only super premium wines and only to selected and prestigious importers.

Presently the estate cultivates 145 hectares, for 50 hectares new planting mechanical harvesting s employed, the rest is hand harvested.

The fruit is vinified in two locations; one with traditional for foot trading along with a mechanical device; the other completed in 1995 following a design of the winemaking team of the Quinta.

Then the pipes are transferred to humidity and temperature controlled cellars with a capacity of 650 pipes. Bottling occurs in a nearby pant.

Quinta Do Noval has a second label Quinta DO Silval.

The estate’s wines age well, and appreciate in value quickly as only relatively small quantities are released.

It produces tawny ports (10, 20, 30 and 40 year old), Colheita-style, LBV, and Vintage.

Older vintages are still available in selected stores in London, New York and Chicago but understandably quite expensive.

During a recent trade tasting the following vintages of the estate’s vintage ports tasted absolutely delightful; 1994, 1996, 1997,2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008.

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