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Hugo Mendes - 2022 - Curtimenta Branco

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This orange wine is crafted with Arinto grapes. Harvested by hand, the grapes are destemmed before fermentation. In a unique process, the juice ferments alongside the skins, all without temperature control. This extended contact allows the skins to impart their color and tannins to the wine. Once fermentation concludes, the tank is sealed for six months. Finally, the wine is pressed and bottled within a week, with no additional steps for stabilization or filtration. This minimal intervention approach preserves the wine's natural character.

Hugo Mendes - 2022 - Curtimenta Branco
Hugo Mendes - 2022 - Curtimenta Branco Sale price€15,99

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Hugo Mendes

Hugo Mendes' path took an unexpected turn. Though he received a degree in Biotechnological Engineering in 2005, his true passion was wine. That same year, he began working at Quinta da Murta in Portugal's Bucelas region, quickly rising from cellar worker to Head Winemaker by 2010. Throughout this time, his love for wine deepened, and he established himself as "The Wizard Apprentice" through a popular blog dedicated to simplifying winemaking for enthusiasts.

By 2016, Hugo craved the freedom to explore other local grape varietals. He launched a pioneering crowdfunding campaign for wine production in Portugal, the first of its kind. This approach, which he called "patrons," allowed consumers to pre-purchase his wine at a discounted price, essentially financing his independent venture. This successful endeavor became a way to challenge the notion that winemaking required significant upfront capital.

Leaving Quinta da Murta in 2019, Hugo dedicated himself fully to his own label. He focuses on lesser-known Portuguese grapes, working his magic on traditional Lisboa varieties like Fernão Pires, Vital, and Arinto. His exploration extends beyond Lisboa, where he champions Castelão in Tejo and has even collaborated with XXVI Talhas to produce a unique Alentejo talha wine under his "Underdog" label.