Grape: Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. Region: Portugal> Douro. Notes: 30-40yr old vines, organic, natural winemaking, indigenous yeast, unfined and unfiltered.
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. Tiago studied agriculture 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 the 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.
The wine is cloudy with orange and peach reflections. The aromas speak to natural wine making with the funky cider quality. Good distinctive flavors of apricot/ peach pits and cider. Light to medium-body with a subtle effervescent texture.