Lavradores de Feitoria is one of the most exciting projects in the Douro. It’s a partnership of 18 young Portuguese winemakers (“Lavradores” means growers) who, under the direction of Dirk Niepoort, have decided to work together to bottle their own wines instead of selling off their grapes to a local co-op.
The project was named as one of 20 "Best New Wineries" by Food & Wine Magazine in their October 2005 Wine Issue. Richard Nalley wrote of the 2001 Grande Escolha, "One of Port wine's young Turks, Dirk Niepoort has turned his sure touch to table wines, marshaling a group of small growers (lavradores) to produce this exotically perfumed red from 60-year-old vines of Portuguese field-mix grapes such as Touriga Nacional.
With a bevy of old-vine vineyards to select from, all the wines, from the entry-level “Tres Bagos” to the single Quintas to the top “Grande Eschola,” give a glimpse into the potential of quality for Portuguese wines.
These wines are expressive, balanced, teeth-staining, soul-satisfying reds. Each has depth and complexity, fruit and acidity, beauty and brawn.