FABULOUS RED WINE

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 (Diálog), 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 (Brasil)….

A logistical nightmare but a rewarding project for niepoort team and niepoort-fans.

ALLEZ SANTÉ

Que l’on pourrait nommer Allez Santé en bruxellois, est un projet, une aventure, une idée.´Celle d’un vin rouge amusant, se buvant facilement sans jamais perdre le goût de ses racines, celle d’une des plus belles régions viticoles du monde: Le Douro. Il présente d’ailleurs les caractéristiques classiques de son terroir ; une certaine minéralité et, surtout, cette longueur si particulière aux vins de la vallée. L’étiquette nous raconte, au travers de 12 dessins signés de la main de Frédéric Janin, une petite histoire drôle. Deux chiens sympathiques qui jettent un regard décalé et parfois un peu acide sur le monde de leurs «maîtres»

ALONSO QUIJANO

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

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BEREK

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 Rysunek Andrzej Mleczko, a satirist artist, born in Krakow, very well known throughout the country, who publishes its weekly drawings in several journals.

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CONVERSA

Esta é a terceira edição do Conversa, 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 francês.

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DIÁLOGO

O vinho a procurar diálogos, ilustrado por Luís Afonso, é o novo desafio da Niepoort em 2007

Esta é a estreia de um vinho feito para o prazer da boa mesa que procura harmonia e o equilíbrio para todos os dias e não apenas para momentos especiais. Sem pretender ser o melhor vinho do mundo é um vinho que apetece beber, fresco, jovem e apelativo, um vinho com o carácter de um Douro que encanta pela sua simplicidade. No Diálogo a madeira é utilizada em pequena quantidade para que o vinho possa preservar toda a sua jovialidade. No mercado a partir de Março 2007...

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DRINK ME

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.

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ETO CARTA

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.

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FABELAKTIG

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.

[ 2005 ]
FABELHAFT

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.

Fabelhaft wurde in den folgende Jahren produziert: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. 2006, 2007 und 2008.

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FABELHAFT RESERVA

In 2002, Dirk Niepoort created the first Fabelhaft: the intention was to produce a wine to celebrate good food, good friends and good life. In 2007, we moved a step forward creating also the “Fabelhaft Reserva 2007”.

In such a good year in the Douro Valley, we could not resist to produce a wine with a longer ageing process, both in barrel and in vat, with more complexity and higher ageing potential, but still maintaining the spirit of FABELHAFT.

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FANTASI

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.

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GESTOLEN FIETS

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. 2004 is de eerste uitgave van deze Douro-wijn die speciaal voor de Nederlandse markt wordt geproduceerd. Het is een intense wijn, uitgesproken Douro van karakter maar tegelijkertijd fris en gemakkelijk te drinken met zachte tannines en fruit aroma's, kortom een ideale tafelgenoot! Gestolen Fiets is gemaakt in 2004 en 2005.

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ÖÖ JA PÄEV

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 lõbusat karakterit: värske ja elav, kergelt joodav, samas küllaltki kompleksne ja mineraalne, klassikalise Douro oru punaveini maitsetesügavuse ja meeldiva happesusega.

PUTAOYA

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.

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SARVET

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.

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SÁSTA

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.

TWISTED

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

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UBUNTU

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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