Niepoort has been an independent family business since 1842. The Niepoort lodges are located in the historical center of Vila Nova de Gaia; a magical place where Portwines are aged in old casks, bottles or demijohns.
White port is made from white grapes: Malvasia, Viosinho and Gouveio. The juice is fermented as a white wine until the fermentation is stopped by the addition of pure grape brandy. After spending one year in large wood vats the wine is transferred to Casks (550 liter oak barrels). It is then aged in wood until at least 3 years before bottling.
Niepoort Dry White is made in the tradicional style with long skin maceration. The final blend includes different wines aged in oak casks with an average of 3,5 years.
An individual and distinct White Port, made for the first time by Niepoort as a result of the exceptional quality of a few parcels of old White Ports. Presents a classic style due to the long oxidative ageing process and the extended skin maceration. Serve chilled as an aperitif, alternatively appreciate it with dessert or on its own at the end of a meal.
The artist Regina Pessoa, inspired by Lewis Carrol, is the arquitect of Niepoortland: the magical place where the identical twins “Ruby Dum” and “Tawny Dee” live with all different characters from Alice in Wonderland. The white rabbit was always a very special character and in 2013 gains its own label with “Rabbit Dry White”.
The storyboard is finally complete….
With time, Ruby Dum retains its youthful, strong character, dominated by red cherries and plums with great freshness from ageing in large wooden vats in the cool cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.
During the ageing process Tawny Dee acquires great wisdom and subtleness through ageing in small old oak casks, exhibiting discrete characters of dried stone fruits.
Rabbit Dry White is made in the tradicional style with long skin maceration. The final blend includes different wines aged in oak casks with an average of 3,5 years.
Max and Moritz are two naughty boys from Wilhelm Busch stories. The two brothers are the perfect tool to explain the Niepoort world of Port Wine. Max, fresh and fruity and Moritz, smooth and elegant, are The Two Niepoort Fabulous Ports. Moritz spends most of its time ageing in barrels. Through a slow oxidation process over 7 years, is an elegant Port with a subtle expression, light colour and a range of flavours and aromas that are based on red fruit tones. Moritz is one of the Tawnies in the Tawny range of Ports: Tawny, Tawny with Age Indication and Colheita.
Niepoort announced, in August 2005, the pair Júnior Tinto and Sénior Tawny, considered by Dirk Niepoort a starting point into Port Wines.
The Niepoort philosophy has been, for the last decades, to innovate, diversify, break taboos, maintaining tradition. Parallel to the redesign of The Senior Tawny, where we used the most traditional format of bottle and a moustache to emphasis the seniority, we redesigned the Junior Tinto based on the concept of a young, fresh and contemporary wine.
The Junior Ruby undergoes an early filling, and spends the rest of its time in the bottle, where it is protected against outside influences. Through this process, its youthfulness, dark colour, freshness and dark fruit aromas and flavours are optimally maintained.
Regarding the Senior Tawny wine, it spends most of its time ageing in small barrels in the Niepoort lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. The small barrels enable a soft and light contact with air through the pores of the wood, which results in a slow oxidation process over the years.
At Niepoort we believe that the colour of the Port should be inspired by the "ruby stone".
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.
Niepoort Ruby Reserve aims to be an accessible and easy drinking wine, while at the same time, retaining a high level of quality. A modern youthful style, resulting from a careful selection of very special wines aged for 3 to 4 years.
Late Bottled Vintage Port is from a single year. The wine ages 4-6 years in old oak casks (opposed to Vintage that ages 2-3). LBV fills the gap between the Rubies and the Vintage Ports since a Ruby Port should be drunk quite young and a great Vintage Port may need 15 to 20 years to really open up and show its splendour. This led to the idea in the 1960s to age the wine 4 to 6 years in large casks before bottling it, thereby producing a wine with the style of a Vintage Port with its deep colour and concentration of fruit, but with a more mature character caused by the longer ageing in wood.
Late Bottled Vintage is the perfect Port to accompany chocolate desserts, specially if dark/bitter chocolate is used!
Niepoort produced: ...1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
This Crusted Port very much complements the already well renowned Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage in the Niepoort range. Traditionally, Crusted Port, is selected from wines of Vintage quality, from two or three harvests, which undergo no fining or filtration prior to bottling and are only released three years after bottling.
To produce a Port Wine with a fine and balanced flavour, Niepoort Tawny ages in oak casks for 3,5 years. Freshness, lightness and balance are the key elements of this wine. A Port easy to drink on any occasion. Tawny has a shiny bright colour and soft and sweet tannins.
Tawny Port keeps well for several years, although the wine will not improve with age. It contains no sediment and does not neet to be decanted.
Tawnies with an age indication such as "20 years" are blended from different wines averaging 20 years. The prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic Tawny colour. The main features of an aged Tawny are the complexity of aromas, the freshness and a persistent bouquet and refinement.
After dinner, old Tawny is a good match with cheeses and especially chocolate based desserts. It can also be drunk as an aperitif, served at room temperature or lightly chilled. Niepoort produces 10, 20 and 30 years old Tawny. The skilful ageing and blending of the different Tawny Ports is the art of Master Blender José Nogueira.
This beautifully almost apothecary’s bottle along with its appealing name – Drink Me – matches perfectly with the subtle, mellow and refined content.
Tawnies with an age indication such as "10 years" are blended from different wines, with an average of 10 years. The prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic tawny colour. The main features of an aged Tawny are the complexity of aromas, the freshness and refined persistent "bouquet".
After dinner, this Tawny is a good match with cheeses and chocolate based desserts. It can also be drunk as an aperitif, served at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Colheitas are dated Tawnies aged in small casks. The minimum age requirement is 7 years, but the tradition at Niepoort is to age several more years before bottling. The wine takes on a Tawny hue. Wood and nutty tones are evident on the palate due to the wine’s slow ageing in old casks.
After the meal, Colheita combines well with Crème caramel, and especially with deserts that contain dried fruits or nuts. As a starter, the combination with foie gras is impressive.
Note that Colheita Port does not need decanting.
Niepoort produced: 1934, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2005.
Vintage Port must be bottled within two or three years of the harvest date.
The magic of Vintage Port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters. Then, after 20 years or more, the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally, after many decades, the spirit dominates the wine. Vintage Port is amazing in all the three phases. Maturation in the bottle is more reductive than cask ageing and the wine that results has a fruitiness and power which develops in the traditional ageing vessel, the classic, thick, black Port bottle. Serve at the end of a meal with cheese, especially blue cheese which goes really well with. Please, note that Vintage Port needs to be decanted.
Bioma invoques the philosophy behind what we do in our vineyards. The Pisca Vineyard is more than 80 years old and has a natural balance with its surrounding at many levels, that we have sought to preserve. Bioma also refers to an organic community, with interdependent relationships between plants and animals (including us). This vineyard has traditionally been at the heart of the Niepoort Vintage blend, but since 2007 we have kept back some Pisca wines, to make this "other" Vintage. With Bioma, we have broken the mold, and made an ultra-traditional style of Vintage Port. Inspired by the old Vintage Ports from 1970 and before, which were shipped in lodge pipes (550 liters) to England, before being bottled after nearly three years, we wanted to get as close as possible to this historic model. These Vintage Ports we have always found more rewarding for their special edge.
The Pisca vineyard has for many years formed part of the Niepoort Vintage Lot; in 2007 one very small parcel of Pisca was set aside and contrary to the current practice of ageing in large wooden vats it was aged in barrels, thus replicating the legendary Niepoort 1970 Vintage which was all aged in barrels. Furthermore, the handling of the wine prior to bottling in a less reductive way attempts to return to the days when Vintage ports were shipped in barrels to northern Europe and then bottled at the end of the second year or even in the third year following the harvest, in contrast to the current practice of bottling after a year and a half. Once again, at Niepoort, we believe that in a world of uniformity we have managed to produce a Vintage Port with a difference, with a return to some of the small technical details from a bygone era.
Niepoort created a second style of Vintage Port: “Secundum Vintage”. The Secundum’s intention is the creation of an approachable Vintage that offers immediate satisfaction yet keeping the balance to age for decades. If we compare the Niepoort's Vintage Port with classic music, then Secundum would be like Mozart, young, charming, creative and tangible and the Vintage like Bach: intense, profound, complex and less accessible.
The so-called “Garrafeira” is a specialty of Niepoort house. These Ports from a single harvest age for decades, not in wood but in special glass containers "demijons" (7 to 11 litre glass balloons in the form of old apothecaries’ bottles). The demijhon bottles are from the 18th century, and ageing in these special bottles adds a unique character to the Garrafeira Portwine.
The Niepoorts’ garrafeira cellar is secluded from the bustle of the town, filled with tranquility and tradition, and inspires respect for the longevity of the wines.
Congratulations to Niepoort on its 170th anniversary!
To celebrate this occasion, we decided to bottle 999 bottles of the "new" old VV, in which we tried to combine the concentration and richness of the original VV with the refinement and purity that increasingly characterises Niepoort wines. The base for this blend is a very fine Port from 1863, of the highest quality, exquisitely aged in casks until 1972, and then "bottled" in demijohns.
The ancient and rare wines that are part of this batch, along with their aging in demijohns, make this Port unique and with a huge potential for ageing in bottle.
VV was created by Dirk Niepoort’s grandfather (Eduard Marius van der Niepoort) at the beginning of the 20th century. Eduard Marius had a great passion and commitment to quality, and as such had the dream to make the world's best Tawny and simply call it VV – Vinho Velho (Old Wine). It turned out to be a legendary wine, considered by many to be the best Tawny ever made. The original batch, like the new one, was based in pre-phylloxera wines, very concentrated and with "unlimited longevity." The new VV tries to be all this and even more, precise, balanced and long. This wine was made with future generations in mind, and with the aim of demonstrating the timelessness of the Great Port Wine. In Porto Veritas.
Note by Rolf Niepoort:
"This VV has nothing to do with the VV of the 1950s, which was wine aged in the Douro Region. The new VV is a Port wine 100% aged in Vila Nova de Gaia, a real treasure, unique for its rarity and quality."