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Quinta do Vale Doña Maria, D.O.C. Porto

Quinta do Vale Doña Maria is the property of Cristiano van Zeller, former owner of legendary Port house, Noval. After his family sold Noval, Cristiano set out to promote and foster a certain attitude and marketing thrust in the Douro - the specialist small-volume vineyard-based Quinta. He is unarguably the driving force behind 'The Douro Boys'.

Vale Doña Maria is situated in an off-shoot (cooler) river valley to the Douro, Rio Torto. It's a property long held in ownership of Cristiano's wife Joana's family. To date, Quinta Vale D. Maria has 16 hectares of fully owned very old vineyards (50 years+), around 5 more hectares of vineyards under management and a new planting of 3 hectares, finished in 2004.

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