Real Companhia Velha, Portugal
Founded in 1756 by the Portuguese Prime Minister Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal (called Douro Wine Company back then) to regulate the trade and production of all Port wine. One of the first official duties of the company was the delineation of the boundaries of the Douro wine region. This act essentially made the Douro the world's first regional appellation. Today this company represents some of the finest Quintas in the Douro. Prestigious and experienced, they have been able to preserve and honour the traditional winemaking while investing in the future with constant modernisation and experimentation in their vineyards.
Overarching some of best Quintas in the Douro, they have been able to preserve and honour the tradition of winemaking while investing in the future, with constant modernisation and experimentation at their vineyards.
- Over centuries they have developed a reputation for its outstanding blending and ageing skills which express themselves in the company's wines and ports, in particular the renowned aged tawny port.
- Iconic, prestigious and innovative: 260 years of winemaking experience in the Douro.
- Some vineyards dating back to 1759.