Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
Year Founded: 2004
Proprietors: Bartholomew Broadbent
Winemaker: Bartholomew Broadbent & Miguel Pessanha
Size of property: Grapes supplied by contract wine growers
Terroir: Vinho Verde, Portugal’s largest wine region, stretches from the Spanish border to south of Oporto. The soils are acid-rich and granite-based, with areas of schist or slate and clay. The slopes tend to be gentle in Vinho Verde, though some vineyards are planted on steep or terraced slopes. The region gets 1,500 mm (59 inches) of annual rainfall, which makes vine growing a challenge. Owing to this, many unorthodox growing techniques can be seen in the region, including vines encircling vertical poles. The trademark fizz of Vinho Verde wines derives from the release of carbon dioxide during malolactic fermentation.
Varieties Cultivated: Loureiro, Trajadura, Borraçal, Espadeiro, Amaral, Vinhão, and Pedernã also known as Arinto