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Quinta do Vallado, D.O.C. Porto

Quinta do Vallado, 30 minutes downstream from Pinhão, spreads along the banks of the Corgo River, where it meets the Douro. With references dating back to 1716, the property belonged to legendary D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and is now owned by the family's sixth generation.

Vallado has had Cristiano van Zeller consulting during its decade or so of modernisation: the shift from grower for the big Port houses, to high grade estate producer. A new gravity-fed winery was completed in 1997, and the 68 ha of vines (around 300m altitude) have been radically renovated. Parts of the vineyard are still young, aged between 6 and 10 years old. But the best plots, about 26 hectares are more than 60 years old.

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