Grape: Field blend of 15 native varietals.
Region: Portugal> Douro.
Notes: 80yr old vines (Vinhas Velhas), organic, natural winemaking, 12 months French Oak, vegan-friendly.
Description: This is all about natural winemaking using native yeast and spontaneous fermentation. Tiago Sampaio is the innovative young winemaker of Folias de Baco, a project he started in 2007, spearheaded in his childhood piggybacking on his grandfather through the farms and vineyards. It was this incurable fascination that led him into agricultural studies at Santo Tirso and then five years of university in Vila Real, but it wasn’t until completing an agricultural engineering course that opened the doorway for his PhD studies in Oregon for Viticulture and Enology. Tiago picked up on modern philosophies and aesthetics of winemaking, while never forgetting his roots in the Douro. Then returning home to create his estate that has garnered much attention. 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.