Mouraz Branco is an organic white wine made from a field blend of indigenous grapes including Malvasia-Fina, Bical, Encruzado, Cerceal, Rabo de Ovelha, Uva Cão, Fernão Pires and various others from old vineyards (50 years+) planted on 8ha. All grapes are hand-harvested in the second week of September, de-stemmed, with no time on skins and spontaneous fermentation last 2 months with indigenous yeasts. The wine spends approximately 3 months on lees and is aged for 9 months. Filtered.
Antonio Lopes Ribiero and Sara Dionisio converted their ancestral vines into the first certified organic vineyard in the Dão in 2000, and have since converted entirely to biodynamic farming. Casa de Mouraz farms 13 ha. of native grapes which are divided into 10 parcels at an altitude of 140 to 400 meters and surrounded by chestnut, oak, and pine trees. The parcels have been proven to be the same as they were in the 12th century when the Cister monks built the monastery of St. Pedro de Mouraz and its surrounding vineyards! Gentle pressings, natural yeast starters, long lees contact in the wine and minimal handling are the time-honored practices.