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Attending the ‘Asia’s 50 Best’ Awards

Douro Boys in Macau

03.05.2018

For Portuguese winegrowers, a visit to Macau is nothing really out-of-the-ordinary. Between shared language and shared history there is enough culture in common that Macau remains a very important export market for Portugal. But when it comes down to a victory ceremony celebrating the fifty best restaurants in Asia, then an invitation to present the wines is a great honour even for such world-renowned and well-travelled winemakers as the Douro Boys.

Douro Boys in Macau 2018 @ Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
The proud boys: João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro (Quinta do Vallado), Manuel Lobo (Quinta do Crasto), Cristiano van Zeller (Quinta Vale D. Maria), Jose Teles Silva (Niepoort), Pedro Lobo (Quinta do Vale Meão) © Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

Asia’s cream of the hospitality industry gathered together at the end of March in the Wynn Palace in Macau, to attend the ceremony honouring ‘Asia’s 50 Best’ restaurants. As one can easily imagine, there was nothing shabby about the culinary offering at the presentation. But this is special: the wines accompanying the repast were sourced exclusively from the Douro Boys’ estates – which was a rare privilege.

Tolle Bühne für die Weine der Douro Boys 2018 @ Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
A marvellous platform for presenting the Douro Boys’ wines @ Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
Tolle Bühne für die Weine der Douro Boys 2018 @ Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

The process of selection for these Asia Awards is rather exciting: 300 culinary journalists, restaurant critics, chefs and restaurant owners each choose ten restaurants and rank them according to preference. One essential stipulation: each individual casting a ballot must have dined in every one of the restaurants selected in the preceding eighteen months.

And the result: Restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok lands first place! This is already the fourth time that Gaggan has been crowned as the best restaurant in Asia.

Der Gewinner Anand Gaggan, Bangkok 2018 @ Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
Receiving the prize for the best restaurant in Asia, for the fourth time: proprietor and Chef de Cuisine Anand Gaggan from the eponymous Restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok. © Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

Here the listing of the ten best restaurants:
1. Gaggan, Bangkok
2. Den, Tokyo
3. Florilege, Tokyo
4. Suhring, Bangkok
5. Odette, Singapore
6. Narisawa, Tokyo
7. Amber, Hong Kong
8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
9. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo
10. Nahm, Bangkok

For additional information please visit: https://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/

Die Douro Boys am Red Carpet: Pedro Lobo (Quinta do Vale Meão), João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro (Quinta do Vallado), Manuel Lobo (Quinta do Crasto), Cristiano van Zeller (Quinta Vale D. Maria), José Teles (Niepoort) 2018 © Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
The Douro Boys on the red carpet: Pedro Lobo (Quinta do Vale Meão), João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro (Quinta do Vallado), Manuel Lobo (Quinta do Crasto), Cristiano van Zeller (Quinta Vale D. Maria), José Teles (Niepoort) © Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

‘It is a truly unique opportunity, to have so many marvellous chefs and gourmets assembled in one place. We hope that having our wines present as “participants” in the event will open yet another door in the market for Portuguese wine in Asia. We met quite a number of engaging individuals, and formed new relationships’, says João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro, proprietor of Quinta do Vallado.

What then, is the Douro Boys recipe for success?
The Douro Boys love the Douro River Valley and all that goes with it: the breathtaking landscape, the authenticity of the inhabitants, the marvellous cuisine – and last but not least, the magnificent vineyards. Since they began working together fifteen years ago, making the wines of the five quintas known all over the world, many wine experts and journalists have taken notice of this exciting region. They keep up with the wines of the Douro, and taste them every year. As far as ratings are concerned, the Douro Boys are not only ahead of the crowd in the Douro Valley, but figure in the top rank overall in Portugal. Like most recently in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

Douro White:
Quinta do Vallado, Douro Doc, 2016, 90 Pts.
Quinta do Vallado, Reserva, 2016, 93-95 Pts.
Quinta d Vallado, Prima, 2016, 91 Pts.

Quinta do Crasto, Superior, 2016, 90-92 Pts.

Niepoort Vinhos, Redoma, 2016, 91 Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Redoma Reserva, 2016, 94 Pts.

Quinta Vale D. Maria, CV, 2016, 94-96 Pts.
Quinta Vale D. Maria, VZ, 2016, 90-92 Pts.
Quinta Vale D. Maria, Vinha de Martim, 2016, 92-94 Pts.

Douro Red:
Quinta do Vallado, Quinta Orgal, 2015, 91 Pts.
Quinta do Vallado, Reserva, 2015, 92-94 Pts.
Quinta do Vallado, Tinta Roriz, 2015, 93, Pts.
Quinta do Vallado, Touriga Nacional, 2015, 93-95 Pts.
Quinta do Vallado, Vinha da Coroa, 2015, 93-95 Pts.

Quinta do Crasto, Douro, 2015, 90 Pts.

Niepoort Vinhos, Batuta, 2015, 94-96 Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Charme, 2015, 93+ Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Redoma, 2015, 94 Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Vertente, 2015, 91 Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Robustus, 2015, 94-96 Pts.

Quinta Vale D. Maria, CV, 2015, 95-97 Pts.
Quinta Vale D. Maria, VVV, 2015, 90-92 Pts.
Quinta Vale D. Maria, VZ, 2015, 90-92 Pts.
Quinta Vale D. Maria, Vinha da Francisca, 2015, 94-95 Pts..
Quinta Vale D. Maria, Vinha do Rio, 2015, 94-96 Pts..

Port:
Quinta do Vallado, Vintage Port Adelaide, 2015, 93-95 Pts..

Quinta do Crasto, Vintage Port, 2015, 94 Pts..

Quinta do Vale Meão, Vintage Port, 2015, 90-92 Pts.

Niepoort Vinhos, Vinha Vella Vintage Port, 2015, 95-97 Pts.
Niepoort Vinhos, Vintage Port, 2015, 94-96 Pts.

Quinta Vale D. Maria, Vintage Port, 2015, 90-92 Pts.

For pictures in high resolution or questions concerning the wines available in your country, please contact: Andrea Schultes, Wine&Partners: a.schultes@wine-partners.at

About the Douro Boys
The Douro Boys, a group of five renowned wine producers from the Douro Valley (Francisco Ferreira – Quinta do Vallado, Tomás Roquette – Quinta do Crasto, Dirk van der Niepoort – Niepoort Vinhos, Cristiano van Zeller – Quinta Vale D. Maria and Francico Olazabal – Quinta do Vale Meão), have been travelling the world together with great enthusiasm since their founding in 2003, making the special character of Douro wines better known. The five estates not only lead the quality parade in the Douro Valley, but are also considered among the best and most sought-after producers in all of Portugal. Further information about the individual estates of the Douro Boys can be found at: www.douroboys.com or www.facebook.com/douroboys

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