The van Zeller family began to produce wine and Port wine early in the 18th century. In the 19th century, the title of Baron de Vilar was bestowed on the family. Fernando van Zeller, who is the current title holder, and Álvaro van Zeller, the winemaker, run the family business today.
Their aim is to continue the family’s wine tradition; to promote the winemaking legacy – the knowledge and techniques that have been improved throughout centuries; to care for the vineyards planted traditionally on the schistous soil of the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated region in the world.
Fernando and Álvaro decided to found the company Barão de Vilar Vinhos SA with offices in Vila Nova de Gaia and wine production centres in the Douro Valley. Barão de Vilar Port and Douro wines are unique due to their winemaking process, which alloys the tradition with technology, and focuses on quality instead on quantity, creating the best of wines.