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Arribas Wine Company – Quilómetro Red 2019, 2019

By Arribas Wine Company

  • Appellation: Vin de Table
  • Region: Arribas do Douro (Trás-os-Montes)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties: Traditional Varieties from Arribas do Douro
  • Soil type: Clay, Granite, Quartz, Schist
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak, Other
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 50 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:The grapes that make up Quilómetro come from two old vineyards that are very close to the Douro river and that were the very first to be harvested in 2019 vintage. The varietal mix is very rich, with roughly 70%-30% proportions of red grapes and white grapes, respectively, which gives them quite an unique character. The grapes were hand harvested and whole bunch foot trodden in a traditional stone lagar, where they fermented and macerated for 4 days. The fractions of the wine at pressing were separated. The freerun was taken out by gravity, with no further extraction brough on by the press, and racked into 3 barrels in order to preserve the purity of the juice and to truly see how the different fractions behaved. Those 3 barrels make up Quilómetro. The wine is an expression of the pure, elegant and delicate side that the old vineyards can show.

About Arribas Wine Company

Arribas do Douro (Trás-os-Montes), Portugal

The Arribas Wine Company project began in 2017, when Frederico Machado and Ricardo Alves decided after many nacional and international experiences that the time to start a more personal project had arrived, thus reflecting their own philosophy and winemaking style. The quest for diversity and a spot with unique characteristics took them to Bemposta, a small village from Mogadouro, where the grandparents of one of the founders were born. There they found very old vineyards, some of them recently abandoned due to the owners old age. It´s from the regeneration of their first plot, less than 2 ha, that their first wine Saroto was made. If Saroto is the local term to designate an animal with its tail cut off, the lizard pretends to simbolize the capacity of regeneration thus representing the will to recover and preserve such a rich and diverse heritage that otherwise would be lost.

Tinta Gorda, Malvasia, Bastardo, Verdelho, Rufete, Bastardo Branco, Verdelho Vermelho, Tinta Serrana amoung other varieties and some yet to be identified, altitude, a wide variation of soils and exposures, traditional and sustainable viticulture and minimal intervention winemaking are the conducting wires of this project which aims at elevating the full potential of Arribas do Douro and its vineyards.

The full potential of Arribas do Douro is yet to be unlocked and they keep exploring different vineyards and sites in order to fulfill their desire to fully understand the limits…