Lychee, mango, white flowers, salty, light and crisp
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grapes hand-harvested from 35 year-old vines atop schist and granite. The grapes undergo 4 months of a gentle, slow maceration in open vat. The wine ages for a short period of time before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered, with minimal SO2.
Farming: Practicing organic
The young and ambitious winemaker Tiago Sampaio has truly had a life of the vine. What began as a childhood fascination from atop the shoulders of his grandfather, walking the many yards of vines and vegetables of his family’s farm, has become a career, an identity, a life that is now shared with people all over the world who enjoy the fruits of his efforts. A long academic career in agriculture, viticulture, and oenology in Portugal eventually landed him at Oregon State’s esteemed Viticulture and Oenology PhD. Once completed, Tiago returned to northern Portugal to start what has become one of the most exciting natural wine projects in all of Iberia. Working in the rough terrain of Alijó in a region known as the Alto Douro, the (mainly old, i.e. 80+ years, and native) vines are trained atop schist and granite soils at 1600-2300ft elevation.
100% Moscatel Galego
Moscatel is an Eastern Mediterranean grape that was introduced to the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans. Its distinctive aroma is really easy to recognize - fresh grapes, raisins, lemons, lychees, pears and lime flowers. It has good, fresh acidity.
Folias de Baco is specifically located in the Alto Douro, in the sub-region of Cima-Corgo – where the land is rough, tough and challenging – you will find his vines clinging to the slopes of schist and granite at an altitude between 500-700m. Cima Corgo is the largest subregion in Douro with around 19,000 hectares of land planted to vineyards and is considered to be the center of port and wine making. The climate is warmer and drier with a predominance of schist soil - an environment which stresses the vines sufficiently to produce rich, intensely flavored grapes.
The soil is rich in marl and vines are more than 35 years old in average, so their roots go deep into the ground, therefore they can absorb a rich minerality of the soil and accumulate it in grapes that finally results in full and sophisticated taste
Tasting: lychee, mango, white flowers, salty, light and crisp
Pairing: Coconut curry, Pineapple chicken, vegan summer rolls