The history of Quinta do Noval begins, as far as we are aware, in 1715. The estate belonged to the Rebello Valente family, although it did not have the reputation for the production of Port that it has today. The estate passed through several other hands before purchase by António José da Silva in 1894. If there is any moment in time which should be identified as a turning point for Quinta do Noval, this is it. Da Silva, and his son Luis Vasconcelos Porto, replanted vineyards, repaired buildings, widened the terraces – in doing so he made the estate one of the showpieces of the Douro – and generally kick-started a Quinta do Noval revolution.
This 10-year-old Tawny comes from Quinta do Noval on the terraced banks of the River Douro. It has a lingering, complex bouquet of walnuts, hazelnuts and dried fruits. The taste is a combination of dried fruits and spices with a peppery finish that lingers on the palate.