OENOLOGISTS Cristiano Van Zeller and Pipa Ortega
Javier “Pipa” Ortega
Winemaker with over 20 years experience, has been working with the most prestigious wineries in Spain. Born in Valladolid, Spain, province that has 5 different designations of origin, has achieved prestigious accolades for their winemaking.
The base of success is born in origin of the wine: the "terroir", his philosophy is to respect and care for the vines to the fullest. Pipa has produced wines rated above 90 points in the prestigious magazine "The Wine Advocate" and "Peñin Guide."
Cristiano Van Zeller
World-renowned winemaker, is one of the biggest names in the Douro region, leading for many years the winery Quinta do Noval. He is an a main member of the most experienced winemakers of the Douro, called "Douro Boys".
He has founded numerous projects, among which are Quinta Vale Dona Maria, Quinta Vale de Mina, Van Zeller & Co. Since 1998 all its wines have been cataloged by the prestigious critic Robert Parker 90 points above, achieving a score of 96 with his wine Lemos & Van Zeller 2009 Tinto, Quinta Vale D Maria.