The head office houses all the cross enterprise services, including the Board of Directors, Management and Communication. This is where Dirk Niepoort brings home ground-breaking ideas and plans, when returning from the many tastings and business trips. Elisabete Oliveira, in the company since 1973, worked with 3 Niepoort generations (Edu, Rolf and Dirk). Alexandra, Cláudia, Nininha and Vítor work in the Administrative and Financial Department. Elisabete is responsible for the daily administrative tasks. October 2005 brings big changes: José Teles joins the Niepoort team as Managing Director and Verena Niepoort as Director. The complementary experience of both José Teles (since 1988 in the port wine sector) and Verena Niepoort (project management and information technologies since 1991) are valuable to enhance structure and processes, keeping up the good teamwork and mainting flexibility, uniqueness and the healthy balance of secular tradition versus innovation.
In June 2009, Carvalho Ferreira joins the commercial department and Niepoort enters a new phase, taking up the national distribution of its wines. In November, with the entry of Susana Ferraz, Niepoort becomes the representative of François Frères barrels in Portugal. The young Paulo Silva, whose great passion is wine, joins the commercial area in February 2013.
The storage, blending, ageing, bottling, labelling and shipping of port takes place at the Vila Nova de Gaia cellars. Surrounded by many other port cellars, the Rua de Serpa Pinto warehouse is the magical space where the old Niepoort wines rest in very ancient barrels, casks, demijohns, bottles. It was precisely here that all the work of Niepoort was undertaken until March 2007. Since then, for space and logistics reasons, the head office and main warehouse of Niepoort moved to Rua Cândido dos Reis, allowing both growth and process improvements.
Around 15 people work at the Cândido dos Reis cellars. The Master Blender José Nogueira began to accompany his father (also José Nogueira) when aged 14 years. His son, José Rodrigo Nogueira, joined the team beside his father in 2006, and is today responsible for Production. The members of the Nogueira family have been Master Blenders and good companions of the Niepoort family since the Company's founding in 1842. Now we are at the fifth generation of each family, working side by side.
In 2003, Nicholas Delaforce joined the Winemakers team, which coordinates the grape harvest and vinification of the port in the Douro, as well as the Charme wine. The wines are made from grapes supplied not only by the vineyards of Quinta de Nápoles, Quinta do Carril and Quinta da Pisca, but also from numerous independent farmers who have worked with Niepoort for many years. Nicholas Delaforce comes from a port family and his experience in the sector, since 1992, was of great importance for the investment in a winemaking centre exclusively for port: the winery located at the Lagares Museum in Vale de Mendiz. The main place of work of Nick before and after the grape harvest is Vila Nova de Gaia.