Located in the heart of Vila Verde, at Quinta do Paço, Passo de Gigante is a unique project born from the friendship of Rui Oliveira and João Pires, two dreamers with a deep passion for the land. They renovated the century-old family winery and vineyard with the aim of creating wines that represent the Vinhos Verdes region. Rui and João plan to transform this old cellar into a laboratory where they can experiment with various winemaking processes.
Their journey begins in the vineyards, where traditional grape varieties, including Alvarinho, Arinto, Loureiro, and Trajadura for whites, and Vinhão, Padeiro de Basto, and Touriga Nacional for reds, are planted in the poor granite-based soils of the Minho region. Committed to sustainable practices, they integrate the vineyards into the valley's ecosystem, avoiding the use of herbicides and focusing on meticulous canopy management instead of fungicide application.
Each wine's style is crafted to maximize the potential of the different grape varieties, with a strong emphasis on freshness and gastronomic appeal. In their quest to create wines that authentically reflect the essence of Vinhos Verdes, they opt for spontaneous fermentation, resulting in wines that are neither filtered nor stabilized. They firmly believe that such interventions can diminish the natural expression of the wines. It's a simple philosophy: their wines are what they are.
What truly sets these friends apart is their unwavering belief that every step, no matter how seemingly insignificant to others, is a giant leap toward their vision of crafting "giant wines." This is the essence of Passo de Gigante, meaning "Giant Step."