Ports without indication of harvest year are composed of ports from different harvest years. A vintageport comes from a single harvest year. This port ripens up to 2 years before it is bottled and belongs to the rubytype ports. This type of port develops further in the bottle and can often mature for many decades. Vintageports are made only in the best harvest years and then only from the highest quality grapes.
No porthuis is guided in such a personal way as Niepoort. Responsible for this personal style of management is the young and enthusiastic Dirk van der Niepoort, descendant in the sixth generation of the originally Dutch founders of Niepoort. The Dutch passport is still proudly worn by the current owners. The house was founded in 1842 by the Dutchman Eduard Kebe. Five years later, Franciscus, the first Van der Niepoort in the house, became his partner. When Kebe died a short time later, the port company became fully owned by Van der Niepoort. In recent years, Dirk van der Niepoort (1964) paid a lot of attention to the quality of all the ports made by the house. Among other things, some beautiful vineyards were acquired, the best guarantee for top-quality fruit. The most important purchase was made in 1989, when 50 ha of the best vineyards were purchased, divided into two beautiful quintas: Quinta de Nápoles and Quinta do Carril. Two quintas located in the heart of the Port region, where the best vineyards lie. Quinta de Nápoles is very beautiful on the Rio Tedo, a branch on a short distance from the Douro itself. Own vineyards are important not only for checking the quality of the grapes, but also because the purchase of grapes, due to the increased popularity of port, is becoming increasingly expensive.
Niepoort has a particularly strong reputation in the field of Colheita port, tawny port from a single year. But also the 'ordinary' ruby and tawny are of excellent quality, and the vintageports are famous. The wines of the Quinta do Passadouro, acquired in collaboration with the Belgian Dieter Bohrmann, form the temporary crown on the job. Dirk van der Niepoort gave his port house in an inimitable way his own face, with elegant ports, where the emphasis is on the slightly sweeter type, resulting in accessible, and above all, very tasty ports.