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The Wine

91 points - Wine Enthusiast  (February, 2017)

This structured wine is balanced with great fruit, firm tannins and ripe berry flavors. Drink this impressive wine from 2019.


Wine maker's Tasting Notes:

Well defined ruby color. Intense aroma of red fruits and toasted nuances. Fruity, soft and fresh flavor. Beautiful persistence, a versatile wine.

The Background

The Reviews

From the oldest Port-making family in Portugal, the Van Zellers, comes this red blend from the Douro region.

From the same family behind Maynard's Port, this release is a fantastic addition Portugal's table-wine revival.

Vintages Release

November 11th 2017

LCBO # 523639


"...This red blend is a great example of how food friendly Portuguese wines can be, without the steep price tag."

-Matt Steeves

Cais da Ribeira

The Douro Valley, that stretch of land from the North of Portugal, with its steep slopes and mountainous vineyards that has long been known for arguably the greatest of all fortified wines Porto – has, more recently, seen its red wines gain international recognition. For years the best kept secret in the business, the Douro table wines made serious inroads in the wine trade offering unmatchable value for money to consumers. With a combination of state of the art facilities, centuries old winemaking tradition, top level oenologists and winemakers and, above all, a unique terroir, Douro table wine have finally gained awareness for its quality and stand undoubtedly as one of the great wines of the world.



Photo: Cais Da Ribeira, courtesy of Wikimedia commons

87+ points - Matt Steeves  www.quercusvino.ca  (October 2017)

Portuguese wines offer terrific value and this red blend is a great example of how food friendly Portuguese wines can be, without the steep price tag.  Deep ruby red, the nose offers black fruit, dark plum, sous bois, and graphite.  The palate is dry with dusty tannins and mouthwatering acidity making this ideally suited for rich dishes such as Portuguese braised steak & onions or one of my favourites, a traditional German Beef Stroganoff.  

88 points - Vic Harradine www.winecurrent.com (October 2017)

Cedar, spice and dark berry fruit aromas roll easily from the glass. A mid-weight, fruit-forward wash of juicy red cherry/berry flavour bathes the palate flecked with notions of crunchy pomegranate and a generous dollop of tang; it finishes with hints of mocha. This is easy to drink—satin-smooth on the palate and über-easy on the wine budget. Pour with meat-laden red pizza or beef fajitas. 

And so, it is in the remote hills of the upper Douro Valley (Douro Superior) that Barão de Vilar’s vineyards are located and where our Douro Wines are produced. Sheltered by the mountains from the soggy westerly winds blowing off the Atlantic, the Douro with its scorching summer heat and arid climate produces robust and pungent wines. After harvest, the wines are transported to our lodges downstream the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia. By 1710, most Port and Douro Wine producers had established their warehouses in Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro, opposite the old city centre of Porto, where they remain to this day, and the reason for this being that producers were unable to carry the wine overland from the Douro Valley to the coast. The only way it could be transported was by boat (Rabelo Boats) down the Douro River.

Cais da Ribeira is one of the most renowned streets in the city of Porto, elected by "Condé Nast Travelers" as one of the 31 streets in the world to walk before you die. We feel this is how one should embrace Douro Wine, as one of the few pleasures one must indulge in this life.

91 points - Dean Tudor, Gothic Epicures (November, 2017)


A fine wine from the vineyards of Barao de Vilar in the hills of Douro Superior. The red blend contains tourigas nacional/franca/barroca plus tinta roriz. The wine is named after one of the top 31 streets in the world for walking (Conde Nast). The wine is a little dense right now and needs to open up, despite three years in bottle: I did a double decant over three days and – bingo – great fruit, soft aromas, fat/fleshy/fresh/ fruity flavours, at a marvelous price.