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Niepoort, Portugal, Douro

Francisco van der Niepoort came to Portugal from Holland in 1842, with the aim of embarking upon the port trade. Francisco wouldn’t have dared to dream that his great-great-grandson Dirk would make Niepoort into one of the best-known names and most internationally renowned wine producers. Together with his sister Verena, Dirk represents the fifth generation of Niepoorts; he is a wine-fanatic like very few in the entire world. Not only in that he has developed the port wines of his family to classic status, but he also felt obliged to follow his own passion and produce dry table wines. What began as an experiment—one that many folks characterised as ‘undrinkable’—laid the groundwork whereby he became the pathfinder—not only for the Douro, but for Portugal as a nation.

The Wines

Niepoort Ruby N.Vniepoort-ruby

Region: Portugal, Douro

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Retail Price: S$50.00

About the Wine:  Niepoort Ruby is fresh, young and fruity. An expressive Port with great character. Ruby keeps well for several years, although the wine will not improve with age. No decanting is necessary since the wine contains no sediment. Serve after a meal, by itself or with soft cheese.

Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2012niepoort-late-bottled-vintage-2012

Region: Portugal, Douro

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Retail Price: S$59.00

About the Wine:  Brilliant red appearance with some brick red hues on the rim with a refined aroma of cherries along with a fine perfumed floral character and superb finesse. Essentially the wine is elegant in style, but the palate is somewhat of an enigma – initially the fruit and elegance on the aroma comes through on the palate but with low extract but superbly balanced and fresh, but the finish is somewhat robust, firm and with a dry tannic finish, it will be interesting to see this wine age, no doubt, in an elegant manner.

Niepoort Colheita 2005niepoort-colheita-2005

Region: Portugal, Douro

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Retail Price: S$86.00

About the Wine:  Superb brick red/brown appearance with medium depth of colour. Very clean fresh aroma with a subdued spicy character and a hint of dried fruits. Refreshing seductive flavours on the palate with dried fruits and a lingering nutty velvety finish on the palate.

 

Niepoort Vintage Port 2000niepoort-vintage-port-2000

Region: Portugal, Douro

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Retail Price: S$186.00

About the Wine:  Concentrated  aromas  of  ripe  dark  fruits,  damsons  and  hints  of  black  pepper.  Intense  on  the  palate  and  full bodied with a long rich after-taste. It can be enjoyed now, but will become more complex with further cellaring.

 

Niepoort Vintage Port 1982niepoort-vintage-port-1983

Region: Portugal, Douro

Grape Variety: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others

Retail Price: S$270.00

About the Wine:  Concentrated  aromas  of  ripe  dark  fruits,  damsons  and  hints  of  black  pepper.  Intense  on  the  palate  and  full bodied with a long rich after-taste. It can be enjoyed now, but will become more complex with further cellaring.

 

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The Winery

When the Niepoort family moved from Holland to the Douro region of Portugal in 1842, the rise of one of the great port houses of Porto begins. And in 1997, as the fifth generation to make fortified wines for the family business, Dirk Niepoort began a brand new rise. Considered a true Renaissance man, Dirk continues to make port using the same traditional methods as his ancestors.

Dirk has striven to improve the company’s Vintage Ports; His vineyards were upgraded (notably most are farmed organically, without any pesticides and herbicides) and the winery completely revamped. As for the grape crushing, Dirk is a passionate advocate of the traditional method of ‘treading’ (by foot) to extract maximum flavour and colour. These efforts resulted in magnificent examples from recently declared years.

Niepoort Vintage Port has a style that can be appreciated when very young, though as it matures, the wine soon closes up and become as long-lived as any.

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Five Generations of Niepoort Family

The fifth generation: Eduard Dirk Niepoort and Verena Niepoort. Dirk is ahead of the business, since the formal retirement of Eduard Rudolph Niepoort in 2005. Dirk, born in 1964, discovered the world of wine during the studies in Switzerland. In 1987 Dirk joined his father Rolf Niepoort in the family business and was challenged to innovate maintaining the good traditions. The first important step was the acquisition of the first own vineyards: Quinta de Nápoles and Quinta do Carril in Cima Corgo, a region that traditionally produces the best Port Wines; 15 hectares of vineyards were newly planted, and 10 hectares 60-year old vines were carefully maintained. Owning Quintas and vineyards in the Douro was an important step in the Port wine and the first step for the creation of Niepoort wines. Dirk’s passion for wines and the humble respect and curiosity for the Douro terroir defined Niepoort spirit over the last two decades and is a constant inspiration and challenge to the team. Dirk’s sister, Verena, joined Niepoort team as executive director in 2005.

The fourth generation: Eduard Rudolf van der Niepoort. Rolf was born in March 1927. He is a fan of mechanics since a kid, but he also has a good sense for business. In 1950 he joined with his father Eduard Niepoort in the family business. His experience was a valuable complement and he was able to overcome a financial difficult period. Rolf focused on the commercial and human relations inside and outside the company and was conservative related to the wine making. Rolf remembers with nostalgia the making of one Vintage port, the 1970, as it was his own creation since the beginning, to the end. Nowadays it is considered to be one of the greatest ports from Niepoort. As all Niepoort’s also Rolf is a fan of collections: old cars, antiques and especially Portuguese weapons.

The third generation: Eduard Marius. Eduard Marius Niepoort, born the 14th September 1890 in Porto, was very skilful and a natural scientist . In 1912 due to the death of his father Eduard Marius Niepoort was forced to enter the family business. Rolf Niepoort, his son, remembers his father as “Interested in different subjects like chemistry, physics or mechanics and a man of fine humour”. According to Elisabete, who worked with him, already linked to the administrative area at the time, he was a true “icon of intelligence”, an upstanding person who carefully weighed up the decisions he made.

Eduard Marius left as an active partner in 1980 and dedicated his time to his many hobbies and collections. Eduard Marius Niepoort died at the age of 91 (03.06.1982). His grandchildren, Dirk and Verena, remember his severity concerning their studies and keep the memory of a grandfather with never-ending collections of books, stamps, coins and tram tickets!

The second generation: Eduard Karel Jackob. Eduard Jackob was born in 1848 in Porto. Niepoort was already a prosper business when Eduard Karel Jacob van der Niepoort took over the family business. He just continued the work of his predecessor.

The first generation: Franciscus Marius van der Niepoort. The founder, Franciscus, was born in 1813 in Hilversum in Holland. He was married with Francisca Louisa Elisabeth Ehlers. Franciscus Marius came to Portugal to be part of Niepoort business in Port Wine. He started the company as a Port seller, with no land or vineyards. He was primarily a negociant of port wines. Died in Porto on 7 March 1887.

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The Douro Region

The Douro Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.

The Alto Douro Wine Region was inscribed on the World Heritage List, taking into account the following criteria:

  • The Alto Douro region has been producing wine for almost two thousand years and its landscape was shaped by human activities.
  • The components of the Alto Douro landscape are representative of the full range of activities associated with winemaking – land, estates (winemaking agricultural complexes), villages, chapels and roads.
  • The Alto Douro cultural landscape is an outstanding example of a traditional European wine producing region, reflecting the evolution of this human activity over time.

 

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