The last 20 years has seen the growth of impressive reds and whites in this sweltering regionby Barry Smith / February 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
When you think of the Douro Valley you probably think of port. The fortified wine is the main product of the terraced vines that grow on the steep slopes above the river. Historic as this association might be, these are no longer the only wines of note coming from the Douro Valley. The last 20 years has seen the growth of impressive reds and whites in this sweltering region. Most notable are the occasionally French-style wines of the Dutch winemaker, Dirk Niepoort.
Niepoort began working for his family of port producers, creating a lighter, fresher style. But his desire to create wines resembling those he admired led him in new directions. It took nerve, self-confidence and considerable amounts of skill, but his wine-making knowledge and command of several European languages have made him an impressive presence in the world of wine.