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"The name Quinta do Noval evokes for me above all a place. A magical place, an historic place. A piece of the earth capable of producing wines that are among the world’s greatest. The wines of Quinta do Noval express the greatness of this terroir, of this majestic landscape. They evoke also the centuries of history that have been necessary in order for these wonderful wines to exist."
Christian Seely Managing Director
The astonishing terraced vineyards of Noval, perched above the Douro and Pinhao rivers, are an infertile schist, and not soil as much as sheer rock. The elevation of the vineyards goes from just above river level to 1,200 feet, with density at about 2,000 vines per acre, and vines producing on average 30-35 hectoliters per hectare. The tremendous rewards of the work done at the estate over the last thirteen years are visible across the range of Noval ports, and have placed Noval a step ahead of everyone in the Douro.
Lastly, some of the praise for Noval: The Wine Spectator, in its 1999 choice of 12 wines of the century included Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931, the only non-table wine selected. And in his 2005 book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates, Robert Parker states that there are many top port houses, but only three can be considered the greatest; Quinta do Noval is not only one of the three selected, but Parker has the following words in his review:
“Quinta do Noval is unusual among the great traditional Port houses in that it emphasizes the importance of the vineyard. It is significant that the company is named after its vineyard, that it is entirely based on the Douro Valley, and that its principal Vintage Ports, Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Noval, are both single-vineyard wines. The aim is to produce classic Vintage Ports that are harmonious and elegant expressions of Quinta do Noval’s terroir. Strict selection in the vineyard, low yields, and strict selection again in the tasting room result in a small production.”