The Niepoort family has been creating Port Wines since 1842. The first property in Douro was bought in 1987 and Dirk Niepoort started a new Era in the company with the creation of the first Redoma red in 1991. In the last years Niepoort took on the great challenge of interpreting other soils and climates and acquired two properties in other regions, Dão and Bairrada. Discover the Niepoort Triangle which express the different terroirs: Schist (Douro), Limestone (Bairrada) and Granite (Dão).
The vineyards for Redoma Branco are all planted in high altitutes, above 400m and up to 800m. Therefore grapes have a longer and cooler ripening period (particularly at night). All the vineyards are over 60 years old. The main variety are Rabigato and Códega. It does not contain any Malvasia Fina grapes.
Tiara is a fresh and elegant white wine.The slow fermentation (three to five months) and the altitude of the vines give elegance and freshness, whilst the age of the vines (an average of 60 years) is responsible for its concentration.
Produced from small and very old vineyards, Redoma Reserva Branco has many different varieties including: Rabigato, Códega, Donzelinho, Viosinho and Arinto.
These vineyards are planted at high altitudes, between 400 and 700m, on the right side of Douro River. The final result is an impressive wine, fresh and mineral, demonstrating concentration and complexity.
This is the first edition of a wine which tries to go further ahead on the expression of the vineyard, of the place and the region where it came from. For several years we pursue the idea of making a white wine with malolactic fermentation, where we could extend the ageing period, both in barrel and stainless steel. But Douro is a hot region, even in the higher altitude vineyards and therefore in the majority of the years there was not enough acidity to do it.
The mica schist soil contributes to the minerality and freshness of this wine, the longer ageing gives it stability and the time spent in stainless steell, before bottling, integrates all the elements and makes the wine more compact and alive.
Niepoort launched the first rosé, showing that high-quality wines may also be pink in colour.
Unlike the typical rosé winemaking process, Redoma is fermented in new French oak casks after the free-run juice is obtained. The complexity is achieved through a several hours of skin contact.
The dream of producing wines in Dão began in 2012. Since then, we sought for vines, some of them very old, that would express the unique character of this region, where the highlands microclimate and the granite soils have always gave genuine wines. In Dão Rótulo first edition we obtained a fresh and light, but authentic wine.
Vertente is an appealing wine: the fruit and concentration are the two main features of the Douro wines, and the elegance is a mark of Niepoort wines. The grapes for Vertente came partially from 20 years old vineyards of Quinta de Nápoles in the Tedo Valley, and the rest from Pinhão Valley’s old vineyards. This wine is dense, complex and fresh, pleasant to drink now but also with great potential for ageing and improving with time.
The huge passion of Dirk Niepoort for Baga variety and the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region led him to look for small parcels of Baga in very old vines, scattered throughout the Cantanhede region, over the past three years. These wines were light in color and alcoholic content, elegant and fine, soon after bottling, but with a huge ageing potential. In 2012, with the acquisition of Quinta de Baixo, it was possible to recreate the brand Lagar de Baixo with a classic profile that would dignify the nobility of Baga variety in Bairrada. Lagar de Baixo Tinto is the result of joining very old vines with younger ones: a complex and serious red wine, but with some youth and vigor.
2010 is the first edition of this wine made entirely with grapes from our own vineyards at Quinta de Nápoles, where we practice organic viticulture, currently undergoing the process of certification. Made with our younger vineyards, with 20 years old, the idea was to have less intervention during the winemaking process. The ageing process was made in old wooden big containers recovered from port wine wood. The goal was to make a pure wine without the oak character, but with elegant and firm tannins.
Redoma tinto is Niepoort’s original Douro wine, first released in 1991. It is like Douro: "extreme, with a rigorous character". Old north-facing vineyards from Quinta de Nápoles and Pinhão Valley form the basis of Redoma. Its main varieties are Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca.
The Poeirinho, which name reflects the old name of Baga, is like a tribute to the great Bairrada wines from the past.
The huge passion of Dirk Niepoort for Baga variety and for the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region has made him, over the past three years, look for small parcels of Baga from very old vines, scattered in Cantanhede area. These wines were light in color and alcohol degree, elegant and fine immediately after bottling, but with a huge ageing potential. In 2012, in the first edition of Poeirinho, we have created an incredibly fresh and precise wine, that is already, in our opinion, one of the best non-fortified wines produced by Niepoort.
Although Bairrada is the perfect terroir for Baga variety, we have at Quinta de Baixo a small parcel of Syrah planted about 20 years ago. The vineyard, with just over 1 hectare is a small passion of Dirk Niepoort. Dirk has always been a big fan of the wines of Côtes-du-Rhône, especially Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. At Quinta de Baixo, it is our intention to make a Syrah with character that expresses the fantastic potential of our calcareous-clay soils.
In 2012, the first edition was vinified in only one old barrel vinified, with minimal intervention and following the first steps of Biodynamics.
In September 2012, during two rainy days in the Douro Valley, which forced to stop the harvest, Dirk Niepoort went to the Dão region to see a very old, almost centenarian vineyard. This vineyard, facing east to the slopes of Serra da Estrela, carefully tended by an old farmer, was in the perfect moment to be harvested. An old vineyard in soil of granite, with mixed varieties was almost like love at first sight. After a healthy discussion, we were able to buy the grapes and harvest on that same day. With the help of our friend Álvaro de Castro, from Quinta da Pellada, the grapes were vinified in lagar (wine press). Conciso is our interpretation of a fine and elegant Dão, without heavy fruit, and that shows the full potential of an old vineyard.
Batuta was first released in 1999 with the intention of revealing an impressive yet elegant Douro wine. “Batuta”, meaning the baton used by an orchestral conductor, proved to be the perfect name.
The fruit comes from Quinta do Carril, a north-facing vineyard with more than 70 years, near Quinta de Nápoles and also from two other vineyards that are over 100 years old, planted at an altitude of 750 metres. Batuta is a perfect blend: powerful, elegant, with a superb harmony and a great ageing potential.
Charme is all about elegance and balance, achieved by taking special attention to the smallest details during the entire wine-making process. Made in traditional stone lagares with 100% grape stems, Charme’s elegance is achieved using grapes from very old vineyards in Vale de Mendiz, on the banks of the Pinhão River.
The name Robustus pays tribute to the first wine that Dirk Niepoort made in 1990 with the same name and which was never released. The inspiration behind Robustus is essentially based on traditional techniques of old wood ageing to soften the tannins. Robustus is a full bodied wine, which portrays well the Douro and its vineyards. Ageing in 2.000l wood vats for 4 years, allows a powerful wine to develop, based on aromatic complexity, powerfull with welll integrated tannins and balanced acidity.
Fulfilling a dream cherished by Dirk Niepoort, Turris is a wine made with grapes from a very old vine, expressing every small detail of the Nature, of its terroir. This very ancient vine, totally untrained, lost in the heart of the Douro region, is a gift from our forefathers. South facing, in the Cima Corgo area and planted more than 130 years ago, this is one of the oldest Douro vines that we know. The wine was bottled early to maintain its freshness, minerality, youthfulness and aromatic purity, and it is expected to age very well in the bottle.
Besides being a matchless wine, each bottle is unique, since the label was individually designed by the artist João Noutel. A particularity of the magnum and double magnum bottles is that they bear the signatures of everybody working for Niepoort.