Highlights

In 2004 Dirk and his designer Cordula Allesandri launched a project to produce an appealing label for the german market with the aim to bring DOURO wines closer to the german wine consumer. Wilhem Busch storyboard label and the name FABELHAFT was the result. After the success in german speaking markets, Niepoort began to develop labels for other countries i.e.: Portugal (Diálogo), Norway (Fabelaktig), Finland (Sarvet), Allez Santé (Belgium), ETO CARTA (Japan), Fantasi (Denmark), Drink Me (UK), Twisted (USA), Berek (Poland), Gestolen Fiets (Holand), OO JA PAEV( Estonia), Ubuntu (South Africa), Sasta (Ireland), Conversa (Brazil)…. A logistical nightmare but a rewarding project for Niepoort team and Niepoort-fans. In July 2011 Fabelhaft Branco and Diálogo Branco were launched.

„Allez Sante White 2011”, first released in June 2012, has a new comic by Dominique Goblet who lives in Belgium and Kai Pfeiffer from Berlin. The wine is complex and balanced and the wine label illustrates rain, wind, and of course Manican Piss….

Allez Santé! is Niepoort’s wine for Belgium.

The first storyboard was created by Frederic Jannin and shows two nice blue dogs… Dominique Goblet and Kai Pfeiffer made a new storyboard in May 2012 illustrating rain, wind, and of course Manican Piss..

A edição espanhola do vinho é Alonso Quijano e é ilustrado por Daniel Torres, artista espanhol, conhecido pela autoria da banda desenhada Rocco Vargas.

The idea behind BEREK was the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine yet keeping complexity, mineral notes and great depth like the classic Douro wines. The storyboard is by Andrzej Mleczko, a satirist artist holding a diploma of the Cracow University of Technology, very well known throughout the country, who publishes his weekly drawings in several journals.

Um vinho feito para o prazer da boa mesa que procura harmonia e equilíbrio para todos os dias e não apenas para momentos especiais. Um vinho que apetece; com uma boa estrutura de taninos e carácter do Douro, encanta pela sua jovialidade e frescura!

Uma pequena parte do vinho estagiou em barricas de carvalho francęs.

Um vinho feito para o prazer da boa mesa que procura harmonia e equilíbrio para todos os dias e não apenas para momentos especiais.

Diálogo is a pleasant, easy drinking red wine, but with complexity, mineral notes and great depth, found in the classic Douro wines. It is produced from vineyards located in the Cima Corgo sub-region, being the main varieties, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Barroca. Its freshness and youth well integrated with soft tannins, make this wine, full of Douro character, a very pleasant wine to drink. Illustration of Luís Afonso tells story on the labels of Dialogo since very first edition.

Agora podemos festejar também com Diálogo branco, a primeira edição deste vinho com a mesma filosofia do tinto, um vinho para celebrar a boa comida, os bons momentos e os bons amigos, um vinho para os prazeres simples da vida. Para exprimir o carácter do Douro neste branco, subimos em altitude à procura de vinhas com castas indígenas, plantadas em solos de micaxisto e que apresen- tassem o verdadeiro carácter rochoso deste vale. Através da fermentação quer em barricas de car- valho francês quer em cubas de inox, procurámos a complexidade e a leveza.

A ilustração de Luís Afonso conta histórias nos rótulos de Diálogo desde a primeira edição.

The storyboard about a hunter and his dog has a happy ending... The Entertaining label is a creation of Claude Cloutier, born in Montreal in 1957. He earned a certificate in printing arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979.

The snow is melting...We brought some sunshine to Canada through white wine "Dialogo Branco Snow 2011". Entertaining label is a creation of Claude Cloutier, born in Montreal in 1957. He earned a certificate in printing arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979.

A ideia de criar um vinho dedicado ao surf, nasceu em Peniche, na Tasca do Joel, aquando da etapa do campeonato mundial de Surf. Queríamos com este vinho celebrar todos os surfistas, todas as praias e todas as ondas deste nosso Portugal.

Quisemos também dedicar este vinho ao espírito livre e indomável dos surfistas, a cada remada, a cada drop, a cada wipeout, a cada manobra feita nas nossas ondas.

A todos vós cujo mar é o vosso santuário, este é o vosso Diálogo.

A ideia de criar um vinho dedicado ao surf, nasceu em Peniche, na Tasca do Joel, aquando da etapa do campeonato mundial de Surf. Queríamos com este vinho celebrar todos os surfistas, todas as praias e todas as ondas deste nosso Portugal.

Quisemos também dedicar este vinho ao espírito livre e indomável dos surfistas, a cada remada, a cada drop, a cada wipeout, a cada manobra feita nas nossas ondas.

A todos vós cujo mar é o vosso santuário, este é o vosso Diálogo.

The idea behind Drink Me was the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine yet keeping complexity,mineral notes and great depth like a classic Douro wines.

The label of the 2008 edition is illustrated by Phil Mulloy, a British animator, who worked as a writer and director of live action films until the late 1980’s. As an animator, his visual style is distinctive in its use of primitive, often skeletal figures and minimalist backgrounds. Phil Mulloy has won many international awards and has made over 30 animated films.

Funny illustration “Hidden Essentials”, first created for Drink Me red wine in 2006. Since 2012 story about Guardians can be found on bottles of Drink Me Branco.

The storyboard on the label is done by Steven Appleby, Canadian born cartoonist, and known for many drawings especially in The Guardian and Sunday Telegraph.

What’s there in common between a bottle of red wine and an animated film? ...

At first glance, apparently nothing. But if we have time to see instead of just looking, we begin to detect some coincidences: the design of the label ... the shadows ... the person who designed it ... the name of the wine ... the one who produced it ...

But the greatest evidence unfolds when we taste the wine, especially if the film in question is about a vampire called KALi...And then ... a good bottle of wine can last for an eternity. Vampires, too ... the one in this film, in any case, lives forever.

What’s there in common between a bottle of red wine and an animated film? ...

At first glance, apparently nothing. But if we have time to see instead of just looking, we begin to detect some coincidences: the design of the label ... the shadows ... the person who designed it ... the name of the wine ... the one who produced it ...

But the greatest evidence unfolds when we taste the wine, especially if the film in question is about a vampire called KALi...And then ... a good bottle of wine can last for an eternity. Vampires, too ... the one in this film, in any case, lives forever.

Red wine Drink Me 2010 now has specific label for synchronized swimming. The first released label illustrates the idea of Dominique Goblet and Kai Pfeiffer of Synchronized swimming meeting good Douro wines.

Drink Me Branco was first released in April, 2012. Label illustrates the idea of Dominique Goblet and Kai Pfeiffer of Synchronized swimming meeting good Douro wines. We decided to work with these artists after their participation in workshop, organized by Niepoort in Marh, 2012.

2007 is the first edition of this Douro wine produced for the japanese market. The Japanese artist Maki Shimizu made the drawings representing : 子 Rat , 丑 Ox/Buffalo, 寅 Tiger , 卯 Rabbit/Hare, 辰 Dragon, 巳 Snake,午 Horse , 未 Sheep/Goat , 申 Monkey, 酉 Chicken/Rooster, 戌 Dog. 亥 Pig/Boar.

2011 is the first edition of this Douro wine produced for the japanese market.

Fabelaktig er laget av druer fra området Cima Corgo, hovedsakelig Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca og Tinta Cão. 2005 er andre årgang som er produsert av denne Dourovinen for det norske markedet. Det er en intens vin, med sterkt Douro preg, frisk og behagelig å drikke, med bløte tanniner og fruktig aroma.

First release of Fabelaktig Branco came out in June, 2011. For the label of this wine we used the same storyboard as for Fabelaktig Troll Tinto. The label was created by Norwegian artist Leif Otto Furseth and it represent the way our wine helps to enjoy life…

Das genussbetonte Erlebnis des Raben Huckebein und sein fatales Ende in zauberhafter Weise von Wilhelm Busch geschildert, hat Niepoort für Fabelhaft gewählt. Da Tiergeschichten auch als „Fabel“ bezeichnet werden, trägt der Wein den Namen „Fabelhaft“. Und so schmeckt er auch! „Fabelhaft“ zeigt alle Stärken eines klassischen Douro-Weines wie tiefe Frucht, lebhafte Säure und reife Tannine. Gleichzeitig aber bereitet er schon in seiner Jugend Trinkfreude. Ausgewogenheit und Drinkability sind seine Essenz.

Jetzt können wir auch mit einem weißen Fabelhaft feiern. Der erste Jahrgang dieses Weines, der die gleiche Philosophie des roten folgt, ist ein Wein zum Feiern des guten Essens, der guten Momente und der guten Freunde, ein Wein für die einfachen Freuden des Lebens. Um den Charakter der Douro in einem weißen Wein auszudrücken, stiegen wir in die Höhe auf der Suche nach Weinbergen mit einheimischen Rebsorten, die in Böden aus Glimmerschiefer angebaut sind und den wahren Charakter dieses felsigen Tals verkörpern. Durch die Gärung in Barriques aus französischer Eiche und in Edelstahltanks haben wir versucht, Komplexität und Leichtigkeit zu bewahren.

In 2002 Dirk Niepoort create the first fabelhaft a wine of joy and celebration of good food, good friends and good life. In the 2007 we moved a step forward to create the “fabelhaft” Reserve; the main idea is to make this Reserve only in the best years.

Illustrated with paper cuts from Hans Christian Andersen, Fantasi is the creation of a pleasant, easy´drinking red wine although keeping complexity, mineral notes and great depth, typical of a classic Douro wines.

H. C. Andersen, the Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales, did the paper cuts as illustrated in the label.

De Gestolen Fiets strip is ontworpen door de Nederlandse Illustrator Willlem Holtkamp. De wijn wordt geproduceerd van wijnstokken uit de cima corgo en bestaat hoofdzakelijk uit de druivenrassen Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca en Tinto Cão.

Since 2012 you can follow a story about Stolen Bicycle or as Dutch would say story about „Gestolen fiets” not only on red, but also on white wine label: Gestolen Fiets Branco. Label for Dutch market was created in 2004 by artist Willem Holtkamp.

A new label created by a Dutch artist and illustrator Linde Faas! Story is obviously inspired in Gestolen Fiets and the Koninginnedag. Queen Beatrix is riding a bike with Prince Willem Alexander! She decided to abdicate to his son, and celebrate with a glass of wine! Let’s also celebrate this moment with this special wine to honour the Queen and the future King!

Niepoort wine can bring together even greatest enemies - Latvian hero Lāčplēsis cheering with ferocious oponent Black Knight!

Label for „Lāčplēša edition” was created by Latvian cartoonist Gatis Šļūka, born 1979. Gatis received Master’s degree in graphic fine art in 2005 and today is known for his comics and caricatures in several magazines and journals.

As legend tells, Mermaid of Luxembourg is living in calm waters of river Alzette. In late evening of 2012 few people from DesignAid.org passing the riverside saw Melusina with a pleasure and satisfaction drinking Niepoort’s wine. If you are curious - try red wine „Melusina Tinto” and find out what she liked about it so much!

Find myth about mermaid Melusina, wife of the founder of Luxembourg on the label of Melusina Branco. Label created by the people behind DesignAid.org, whose mission is to design products that benefit underserved communities around the world.

Veiniprojekt "Öö ja Päev" on valminud koostöös maailmakuulsa Portugali veinitootja Dirk Niepoorti ja rahvusvaheliselt tuntuima eesti joonisfilmikunstniku Priit Pärnaga. Veinipudeli etiketi on kujundanud Priit Pärn spetsiaalselt Eesti veinituru jaoks. Vaimukas lugu ja pildiseeria peegeldavad endas ka selgelt veini lőbusat karakterit: värske ja elav, kergelt joodav, samas küllaltki kompleksne ja mineraalne, klassikalise Douro oru punaveini maitsetesügavuse ja meeldiva happesusega.

Öö ja Päev – Night and Day! Wine label was designed particularly for Estonian market by one of the best known Estonian artists Priit Pärnaga. Humorous story reflect itself in the character of the Douro wine. Roll the bottle and enjoy the series of pictures while rolling the glass of wine and tasting citric aromas, peaches and white flower notes of Öö ja Päev Branco.

Putaoya, land of the grape, means also “Portugal” in chinese and the idea is the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine, retaining complexity, mineral notes and great depth found in the classic Douro wines.

Since May 2012 all Niepoort Douro wine lovers in Sweden can enjoy new label edition, created by Swedish cartoonist Martin Kellerman, known for the comic strip “Rocky”. Story is about anthropomorphic dog, Rocky, and his friends in their everyday life in Stockholm. Follow up the continuation of this story with Niepoort wines.

New label for Swedish market, created by cartoonist Martin Kellerman is available also on white wine Rocky Branco. Until now cartoonist’s strips have been collected in several books. Since 2012 it’s also possible to collect them together with good wines…or good Niepoort wine together with creative comic strip…

Sarvet:in etiketissä on sarjakuva jonka on piirtänyt Viivi ja Wagneristaan tuttu Juba Tuomola. Tämän viinin rypäleet; mm. Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca ja Tina Cão on viljelty Dourossa, Cima Corgossa. Tätä vain suomen markkinoille tuotettua viiniä, valmistui ensimmäisen kerran vuosikertaa 2004. Kyseessä on intensiivinen viini, täynnä Douron luonnetta mutta raikas ja helposti lähestyttävä. Viinissä on pehmeät tanniinit ja hedelmäisyyttä; parasta seuraa ruokapöytään. Vuosikerran 2004 lisäksi Sarvet:ia on tuotettu myös vuonna 2005.

Tätä vain suomen markkinoille tuotettua viiniä.

The drawings for Sásta are by Fintan Taite, an award-winning Irish cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin .The cartoon is about St Patrick and the legend of his banishment of the snakes. The wine is pleasant drinking, intense and full of Douro character; it is fresh, fruity and spicy with smooth tannins.

The idea behind TWISTED is the creation of a pleasant, easy drinking red wine keeping complexity,mineral notes and great depth like the classic Douro wines.

The label also tells a story: Creation and Illustration is done by the american animator Bill Plympton

Twisted Branco is Douro white wine created special for the American market. Wine pleases you not only with its flavors and aromas, but also with lovely story on the bottle label created by the American animator Bill Plympton.

UBUNTU!! A special edition to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa! The artist Leonora van Staden, from Stellenbosh, drew this amusing label showing animals playing a great football match! Ubuntu is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's loyalties and relationships. The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa and is seen as a classical African concept.

Dirk, a football fan, explains the concept and the relation with football:“In football, as in life, the concept stands for "humanity" and "public spirit" but also for the belief in a universal band of sharing.”

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