The Douro has a thousand year-old
tradition of viticulture, although the production of port wine is comparatively
young. Nevertheless, port became world-renowned in the 18th century, while the
red and white table wines have since attracted little regard and attention.
The Douro Boys have set
themselves a clear goal: enabling the dry wines of the Douro to achieve a level
of recognition appropriate to their inherent quality, and to position them on
an equal footing with port. And thus, embarked upon this path of putting the
Douro Valley where it belongs on the world wine-map, they've not ruled out the
positive effect that they will have on the image of Portuguese wines in
Boys is a group of five wine
estates: Quinta do
Vallado, Niepoort, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta Vale D. Maria and Quinta do Vale Meão.
Since 2003 they have been working
with united efforts, organising joint presentations, seminars and tastings, all
concentrated upon relating the story of their heritage. Their wines are
unquestionably considered to be among the best in all of Portugal—this factor
has made a not-insignificant contribution to the success of their endeavour...
That they have had loads of fun
doing this—and that their enthusiasm for the culture of wine as well as for
life itself is infectious—cannot be denied.