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Port Wine is a fortified wine that results from the interruption of the fermentation process by adding brandy, hence keeping the residual sugar of the grape. Port is produced exclusively in the Wine Region of the Douro, in the North of Portugal and it can be divided into three distinct categories: white, tawny and ruby, having recently emerged a new one - rosé.
Tawny Ports are red wines that age in wooden casks and show different shades depending on their age. Colours may vary between intense red gradually mellowing to a golden-brown colour. With time "in-wood”, Tawnys also increase in aromatic complexity, intensifying the aromas of dried fruits (walnuts and almonds), wood, coffee and chocolate, amongst others. The most common references are Tawnys with Indication of Age and Colheitas. A Tawny Port always represents a blend of several batches, with different lengths of time in casks, and whose age average (10, 20, 30 and 40 years) stated on the label, grants that lot its special and unique characteristics..
Barao De Vilar Tawny Port
Origin: DOC Porto
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature, with 1 day on pre-fermentative maceration and 2 days on fermentation. The grapes’ must not destemmed.
The Barão de Vilar Tawny Port is a blend selected and matured in small oak vats. The aroma is a perfect combination of ripe fruit with dry fruit and cinnamon.
Ready to drink. It can be enjoyed on its own slightly chilled.
Winemaker: Álvaro van Zeller
Barao De Vilar
Established Since 1715
Barão de Vilar – Vinhos, SA is the most recent company of Port wine, established in January 1996 from a small stock of wine bought by Fernando Luis van Zeller and given to his sons Fernando and Álvaro.
The company’s institutional name recovers a noble title granted by the Queen of Portugal D. Maria II to Cristiano Nicolau Kopke, the 1st Baron of Vilar, back in 1836, which remains, by legacy, in the family’s rightful heir possession. Before Barão de Vilar – Vinhos SA was built, the van Zellers were owners of Quinta do Noval, one of the most iconic and renowned estates of the Port Wine business sector and from where comes the mythical "Vintage 1931 Nacional”, considered one of the two best wines of the world in the 20th Century by Wine Spectator magazine.
It was also at Quinta do Noval that the current winemaker of Barão de Vilar – Vinhos SA, Álvaro van Zeller, initiated his professional career in the wine industry.
Expansion To Douro
In the year of 2007, Barão de Vilar – Vinhos, SA decided to expand its range of products to the production of Douro wines. It then set off an investment project related to the construction and equipment of a modern winery in Santa Comba da Vilariça, in the heart of Douro Superior, assuming direct management over all technological variables essential for the production of top quality Douro wines.
Nowadays, the Barão de Vilar – Vinhos, SA, built upon the experience and knowledge acquired over 14 generations of wine producers, presents itself as a modern company with a sound financial structure and a management team with a proven track record, endowed with the most advanced technology. With a full range of Port and Douro wines, Barão de Vilar – Vinhos, SA is currently present in a significant number of international markets.
Saião Estate - A true rough diamond…
The 80 ha of Saião Estate is located in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the Upper Douro. As it is situated nearby Pocinho Village and the Rock Art of Côa Valley Archaeological Site, this area is two times declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
In a glance, the Saião Estate is an idyllic place for quietness and introspective time, delighting with remarkable sights and privileged conditions for Port and Douro wine production.
From the 80 ha, 9 ha are dedicated to vineyards, which 5 ha were planted recently and equipped with irrigation system. But the Saião soil has potential to extend its vineyards up to 40 ha.
Saião Estate gathers high quality conditions, not only for wine production but for olive oil and other products made with olives, as in the Estate premises there are over than 450 olive trees.
The known origins of the van Zeller family refer back to the 13th Century, to the Flemish cities of Mechelen and Nijmegen, where they held several properties, namely, in the village of de Zellaer. During the 17th Century, in the rouse of the religious wars that ravaged the northern and central Europe at that time, the van Zellers migrated to Spain and Portugal, countries where they came to settle.
Their connection to the wine business dates back from the beginning of the 17th Century, according to the wine records Livros da Imposição (1620-1640) that refer to the trader Jorge Fernandes and his son-in-law Francisco da Silva Moura, ancestors of the Portuguese legacy of the family, as the biggest wine traders registered at that time. These ancestors of the van Zeller family are the first known members of an uninterrupted series of 14 consecutive generations devoted, to present days, to Port and Douro wine trade, an unprecedented fact in any other Portuguese family "dynasty” involved in the wine business.
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