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Arribas Wine Company – Raiola 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 - New oak, 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:Raiola is a special blend from the 2019 vintage year. It began as a fermentation of solely red grapes, from 4 different old vineyards, that were whole bunch foot trodden in a traditional stone lagar and fermented/macerated for 4 days. After that time, the grapes were pressed and the wine racked into 6 used french and austrian oak barrels and 1 new french oak barrel, where it fermented and aged for 10 months. After those 10 months, those 7 barrels were blended with 4 barrels of pressed wine that originated from the vinification of two old vineyards (with a field blend similar to that of Saroto Red, a mixture of red and white grapes). The final blend brought together the intensity and structure of the red grapes vinified on their own with the elegance, freshness and lightness of the natural field blend of the old vineyards of the Arribas area. It originated a truly special wine for Arribas Wine Company and a new expression of the vineyards.

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…