The port wine house is located in Pinhão in the center of the port wine region in the north Portugal, It was founded in 1715 by a Portuguese family. After the destruction of many vineyards by the phylloxera the estate was acquired in 1894 by Antonio José da Silva. It later became the property of the Dutch van Zeller family, who ran it for four generations. In 1993 the company was taken over by the French group AXA bought, which made extensive investments in new winery facilities. Among other things, electronically controlled robot-like Lagares installed where the grapes are pounded mechanically as if by feet.
Only the wines produced at Quinta are marketed under the name "Quinta de Noval", all others under "Noval". The absolute flagship of the house is the “Nacional Vintage Port”, which is made from grapes from ancient, ungrafted Vines from a tiny vineyard are produced that have been spared from the phylloxera. The wine is only produced in very good years in the small amount of 200 to 300 boxes (2,400 to 3,600 bottles), in "normal" years it is marketed as a "vintage port". The 1997 vintage of this legendary port wine received from the US wine critic Robert Parker 100 points. He rated the two vintages 1963 and 1994 with 99+ points. Another premium wine is the Single Quinta Vintage "Silval".