Beautiful Douro map by David Eley to be auctioned at Christie’s





A new map of the Douro Valley by English artist and author David Eley, will be auctioned alongside a 12 bottle vertical of Quinta do Noval from 1937 to 2003 by Christie’s this June.

Alongside Eley’s masterful topographic study that was directly inspired by the ground-breaking Douro Maps by Baron Joseph James Forrester some 160 years ago, a further six lots of Port from Noval, Taylor’s, Graham’s and Fonseca will go under the hammer.

Christie’s specialist, Noah May, said they made a “fitting backdrop” to the sale of the vertical and signed copy of the original map, which are expected to fetch £5,400 to £6,200.

Where Forrester’s pioneering original documented the best Douro Port wine Quintas, Eley’s map is a reflection of the changing face of the Douro region that not only depicts some of the vanishing landscapes of yesteryear but also the new era of innovative and exciting winemaking in Portugal.

Titled ‘The New Illustrated Map of the Douro’ the three metre watercolour map is a beautiful depiction of the 21st Century Douro region made up of more than 125 illustrations of all the major single Quinta wine estates.

Eley told The Drinks Business: “The Douro is the oldest formally demarcated wine region in the world and its wines the equal of Bordeaux and Burgundy Grand Cru, in creating this map I wish to define a 21st century Douro and lend a pictorial narrative to Port’s majestic origins.”

The artist spent the best part of four years experiencing the very essence of the region including; “the extraordinary and extreme climate fluctuations, from sub-zero fog-bound temperatures in winter to the searing and unbearable heat of 50ºC in summer…amid a breath-taking and precipitous landscape, wild boar, eagles and native cats were my only companions.”

“To live in the Douro is to know Port wine and understand the very essence of a true vin du terroir.” Eley told Christies ahead of the auction later this year.

The Quinta do Noval being sold alongside the map includes one bottle each of 1994 and 1997 Nacional and two bottles each of 2000 and 2003 Nacional; one bottle apiece of 2000 and 2003 Quinta do Noval; one bottle each of the 1937 and 1997 Colheita and two bottles of Colheita 1968.

The sale will take place in London on 6 June. It will feature 703 lots in total and is expected to realise £1 million.
 
 
 
 

Written by: Ben Moss

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