Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine houses in Porto. It is distinguished by the beauty of its terraces, its house, its warehouse and its typical mills, which are still used. First referenced in 1715, the Quinta do Noval was acquired in 1894 by António José da Silva, who developed the quinta for three decades. His descendants (recently, the van Zeller family) kept the quinta until 1993. In 1997, Quinta do Noval was the first to centralize all its activities in the Douro Valley, rather than in Vila Nova de Gaia. Balance, harmony, delicacy and elegance characterize the Port wines of Quinta do Noval.