You need to go back five generations, well into the early years of the 19th century, to locate the beginnings of the Niepoort family’s association with the Douro region of Portugal and the wine trade. Franciscus Marius van der Niepoort, as the name might suggests, was born in Holland but moved to Portugal with his wife to become a negociant of Port wines. Today, all those years and generation later, the company he began in 1842 is run by Dirk Niepoort, who is arguably one of the most influential forces on the Portuguese wine scene today. In addition to running the family port business, Niepoort has, in recent years, become increasingly involved in making dry table wines. Their very first line of dry table wines, called Twisted in both the red and white versions, was created largely for the American market; they are intended as pleasant, easy-drinking wines that also show the complexity, minerality, and depth of wines from the Douro. The red is a blend of five (and then some) native varietals, supple and elegant, a tight, floral red driven by spice and saturated with cool berry fruit.
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