First I wanted to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule this week to join us. Being quite a fan of both your Douro wines and Ports I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you as the week progresses.
My first question is regarding Garrafeira's. Since your the only company still making this type of Port (that I know of), what challenges do you face by continuing to do so? I ask because if I recall correctly at one point I thought the IVDP had talked about doing away with the law allowing them.
Also, are you continuing to lay aside more demi-johns so your children can continue the legacy of making this rare type of Port?
And what makes a Garrafeira different from say a Colheita or Vintage Port?
Last part (told you I have plenty of questions )...being born in 1973 I have a soft spot for trying to located any Port from this vintage, which is no easy task as you know. A number of years ago I saw you had demi-johns from this vintage in your Lodge. Any plans to bottle it in the near future?
Thanks Andy Velebil Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. William Shakespeare http://www.fortheloveofport.com
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it is a pleasure to be here answering all your questions. I must confess that time is really a problem for me these days and since I have been away for a while a lot of work is waiting for me. on top of that I have some nice visitors from germany here...christmann, wittman, christina fischer and and and.....
garrafeiras are really very special. I would say they are the most burgundians of the ports. elegant, persistent, fine, fresh and vibrant. they age very well.
actually the first thing I did when starting to work with my father in 1987 was to make sure that garrafeiras would go on. my father was convinced that the IVP would than stop allowing us to keep on doing it. in fact they almost stoped allowing us to do so. there were some collegues helping us . the most helpfull person was in fact peter symington who said infront of everybody that if niepoort wants to continue making it it is our (of the trade) responsability to make it possible to continue making it. if niepoort makes it , it must be good. I was very flaterred by his standing up and saying these nice words.
we bottled less than 1 000 bts of the garrafeira 1977 about 4 years ago and will release it eventually this year or next year. it is a fantasic port. very very unusual and fine.
the next one will be the garrafeira 1987 which we will eventually bottle in 5 to 10 years (into the regular bottle). it is aging well and gracefully in the demijons right now.
conserning the 1973 let me know when you are planing to visit us and we will taste it....