Francisca considers wine and life to be completely intertwined. She has been foot-crushing grapes and helping with grape picking from a very young age. However, her first professional experience in the wine sector was in 2007 at Quinta Vale D. Maria.
The daughter of Cristiano van Zeller, one of the most successful winemakers in Portugal, and following a lineage of 14 generations in wine, Francisca strives to find her place in the wine world. She took on the responsibility of Marketing and Sales Manager at Quinta Vale D. Maria in 2013, as well as having a defining role in the making of the wine.
She created the first women in wine association called “D’Uva – Portugal Wine Girls”, together with 8 other women in 2016. The association aims to promote the wines of Portugal as ones of great quality and diversity produced by young and fresh faces.