Have you heard of the winemaker with a catchy name and even catchier wines? Tiago Sampaio, aka the mastermind behind Olho no Pé and Folias de Baco, has now bottled most of his exceptional blends under the name Uivo.
What sets Tiago's wines apart, you ask? Well, for starters, his grapes are grown in the sky-high altitudes of up to 700m above sea level, producing wines with textures and flavors that'll take your palate on a journey. And if you're a fan of bubbly, Tiago's pét-nats are a must-try. He also works magic with Moscatel Gallego grapes, which have a refreshing, floral aroma. Moscatel grapes thrive in the region surrounding Favaios, where Sampaio has many of his vineyards.
But don't let his PhD in viticulture and oenology from Oregon fool you. Tiago knows that sometimes less is more, and he's all about the natural process. No added yeast, no filtration, no fining when bottling. Just pure, unadulterated wine goodness.
Sure, his cellar may look like a tornado hit it, but Tiago's got it under control. And he's even upgraded his digs to the old co-op winery building in Sanfins do Douro, where he proudly displays a pair of antique talhas gifted to him by Vasco Croft.
So if you're looking for a wine adventure, follow Tiago's lead and keep your eye on the foot (or rather, the label).