PORTUGAL

 

BAIRRADA, VINHO VERDE, LISBOA, DÃO

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FILIPA PATO VINHOS, DO BAIRRADA

Their goal is to make ‘authentic wines without make-up’. The grapes are organically grown and picked at the best point of their maturity to make wines that express their origin, with as little interference as possible. The Pato family have made wines in the Bairrada region of Portugal for five generations which gives them rare insight into the region’s grape varieties, old vineyards and unique terroirs.

After working on three continents Filipa Pato began her own winery in Bairrada in 2001. Over the years she has added further vineyards and has rebuilt a 19th century winery to house a cellar for casks, amphorae and bottles. In 2010, appalled by the devastation of the indigenous Baga grape, Filipa joined forces with her father and other growers in Bairrada, forming the group called “Baga Friends”. They work together to preserve and maintain the heritage of the old Baga vineyards in Bairrada.

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DINAMICA BICAL

Ref.: V0000247      Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Bical and Arinto

FLIPA PATO nossa-branco

NOSSA CALCARIO BRANCO

Ref.: V0000988      Vintage: 2019

Grape Varietals: Bical

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DINAMICA BAGA

Ref.: V0004247      Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Baga

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POST QUERCUS BAGA

Ref.: V0004368      Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Baga

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NOSSA CALCARIO TINTO

Ref.: V0000437      Vintage: 2016

Grape Varietals: Baga

Sparklings

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3B SPARLKING BLANC DE BLANCS

Ref.: V0004410      Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Bical

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3B SPARKLING ROSE

Ref.: V0004410      Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Baga and Bical

 
MÁRCIO LOPES, DOP VINHO VERDE

Márcio Lopes started his winery in 2005, working alongside one of the Portugal’s most respected winemakers – Anselmo Medes in Vinho Verde. In the years that followed, he travelled to Australia (Rutherglen in Victoria and Tasmania), gaining a wide range of experience. He returned to Portugal in 2010 to start his personal project in Monção e Melgaço – an area known for the pink granite soil and Alvarinho dominated whites, which are
a “clear cut above” the usual ones coming from the vast DOP of Vinho Verde. With the grapes he purchases from several small growers and those coming from his own 5 hectares of vineyards, Márcio is making honest, terroir driven wines. 2017 marks the first vintage of his single varietal Loureiro, which has been vinified with native yeast, in stainless steel tanks and kept on fine lees for 5 months prior to bottling.

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V PEQUENOS REBENTOS ALV-TRAJADURA

Ref.: V0001356       Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Alvanrinho-Trajadura

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V PEQUENOS REBENTOS LOUREIRO

Ref.: V0001357           Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Loureiro

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V PEQUENOS REBENTOS PET NAT

Ref.: V0004618           Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Loureiro

 
CASA DA PASSARELLA, DOP DÂO (SIERRA DA ESTRELLA)

When passing through the gates of Casa da Passarella one gets the impression that time stopped here at least a century ago. This historic estate was created in 1892 by the Portuguese entrepreneur, Amand d’Oliveira. He built a colonial style mansion and planted 200 hectares of vines, recognising the potential of the Dao region, long before it was officially demarcated. Unfortunately, in the decades that followed, the cooperative based system imposed by government contributed to the decay of the estate.
The restoration and rejuvenation project only started here in 2007, when the property was bought by Ricardo Cabral, who invested in returning the house and the winery to its former glory. The vineyards of Casa da Passarella are planted on granitic – sandy soils, between 400-600 metres above sea level. Steady breeze and significant difference between, day and night temperatures,  enable much longer “hanging time” for the grapes, which produce fresh and vibrant wine with plenty of natural acidity and supple, yet firm tannins in the case of reds.

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A DESCOBERTA BRANCO

Ref.: V0001278       Vintage: 2019

Grape Varietals: Encruzado, Malvasia, Verdelho

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A DESCOBERTA TINTO

Ref.: V0001279           Vintage: 2017

Grape Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen

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ABANICO RESERVA

Ref.: V0001280         Vintage: 2015

Grape Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen

 
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ANTONIO MADEIRA, DOP DÂO (SERRA DA ESTRELA)

Although Antonio Madeira was born and lived most of his life in Paris, his family roots are in Serra

da Estrela – in the historic Dão region. It took some time, but Dão kept calling and eventually pulled him back and away from the busy city life... While in France Antonio fell in love with wine by tasting natural wines from Jura and Burgundy and he quickly realised that the old vines of Dão are a hidden gem, only waiting to be re- discovered. In 2011 he made his first vintage from a 50 year old vineyard belonging to a family friend and from then on, begun his quest for the old plots, planted with rare local varieties like: Tinta Pinheira, Negro Mouro, Tinta Amarela and Baga. With some care, those native gnarly vines (many of them on their own rootstocks!) are yielding incredible results! Antonio works in minimalistic, organic way, with micro parcels in six different villages and the wines are always a filed blend (echoing the Dão of the past), wild fermented and with minimal sulphur at bottling. We have met with Antonio several times in Portugal and always loved the purity and the ample energy of his wines. They resonate with us and we have no doubt he is one of the most exciting winemakers in the region!

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A. MADEIRA WHITE

Ref.: NEW      Vintage: 2019

Grape Varietals: Field blend, Siria, Fernao Pires, Encruzado, Bical, Cerceal, Arinto.

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A. MADEIRA WHITE A LIBERDADE

Ref.: NEW         Vintage: 2020

Grape Varietals: Field blend, Encruzado, Bical, Cerceal

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A. MADEIRA RED

Ref.: NEW        Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Field blend, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Baga

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A. MADEIRA RED VINHAS VELLAS

Ref.: NEW        Vintage: 2017

Grape Varietals: Field blend, Jaen, Tinta Amarela, Baga

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A. MADEIRA A PALHEIRA

Ref.: NEW        Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Field blend, Baga, Jaen, Tinta Amarela

 
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VITOR CLARO DOMINO, ALENTEJO, SERRA DE SAO MAMEDE, PORTALEGRE

We met Vitor Claro at a tasting in Porto and his wines stood out from everything else we tasted that day. This is his story: “In 2010, while still pursuing my career as a cook - I was a chef in a hotel in the Lisbon area - I bought grapes from a small vineyard in the São Mamede mountains which I took to a winery nearby, and vinified two 228L barrels of white wine and two of red wine. In 2014 two events changed the course of my budding career in wine: first, Rita joined me, not only as my companion in life but also as a partner in this project; and second, the vineyard from where we picked the grapes for the red was on the verge of abandonment and had to be salvaged. This plot of nearly 2 hectares was more than 90 years old and very difficult to work but it was a crucial starting point. Today we are tending 9 ha of vineyards scattered over three wine regions.
We became so passionate about it that in 2017 we decided to dedicate ourselves full time to wine and the vineyards. I ditched cooking and Rita ditched architecture. All our vineyards are farmed without the use of any synthetic fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides. Although we are not yet certified, we only use products that are authorised for organic farming.”

Douro

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CELESTINO DOMINO

Ref.: V0004230      Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Moscatel

Colares

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COLAR DOMINO TINTO

Ref.: V0004229      Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Castelao

Alentejo

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DOMINO BRANCO MONTE PRATAS

Ref.: V0001388      Vintage: 2018

Grape Varietals: Alicante Branco, Perola, others