January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

When the Niepoort family moved from Holland to the Duoro region of Portugal in 1842, the rise of one of the great Port houses of Oporto began. 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, while also leading the way as one of Portugal’s most innovative, creative and exciting producers of dry table wine. Dirk started making table wine because, well, he likes to drink table wine. As…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

In the heart of Portugal’s Alto Douro sits Casa da Calçada, one of the most ancient mansions in Provenzende village. Built in the 17th century by Judge Jerónimo da Cunha Pimentel, the palace went on to become one of the great vineyard houses of the region, presiding over 12.5 acres of picturesque gardens and ancient vines. In the late 1990s, Manuel Pimentel brought in famed Oporto winemaker Dirk van der Niepoort, who instantly fell in love with the manicured vineyards and purchased every grape harvested there in 1998. Dirk produced his first Colheita under the Morgadio da Calçada label that…