Tubarão, a collaboration between Marcio Lopes and Ricardo Garrido, is dedicated to making low-intervention wines that help preserve some of the nearly extinct forms of farming found in Portugal, such as masseira.
Masseira was first created by Benedictine monks in northern Portugal near the Atlantic in the 18th century. Large, rectangular pits with sloped sides were dug into the sandy dunes near the ocean. Vines are grown on the sloped sides (“valos”) to help protect them from the wind, while various fruits, vegetables and grains are grown on the floor of the masseira to create a rich polyculture. The result is very much like a greenhouse, where the depression creates a rich, warm microclimate.
Unfortunately, there are very few masseiras left in Portugal and the culture of masseira farming is in danger of disappearing forever without producers like Tubarao who financially support their growers to continue their traditional farming techniques..
The pet nat, a white/red field blend, comes from old-vines grown in sandy soils near the coast close to the Spanish border. The grapes are picked and pressed together, fermented spontaneously, and bottled with no additives of any kind.
After the success of the first creation, Ricardo launched a line of Talha wines that quickly sold out.