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Mateus Nicolau de Almeida - Eremitas - Amon de Kelia Branco

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Eremitas white wines are a testament to the individuality of Rabigato grapes grown in distinct plots. On the Amón de Kélia plot, their vines dig into moderately deep soil with a distinctive grey hue and a quartz micro-fault, all at a lofty 500 meters above sea level. Following traditional methods, the grapes are destemmed and undergo pigeage (punching down) for three hours in a granite lagar. Gentle vertical pressing follows, and the must flows naturally by gravity to concrete tanks in a cool, underground cellar. Here, spontaneous fermentation occurs without temperature control, and the wine rests for a year in the same tanks, allowing the unique character of the Amón de Kélia vineyard to shine through.

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Mateus Nicolau de Almeida

Mateus, a fifth-generation winemaker from the renowned Nicolau de Almeida family, carries on a historic winemaking legacy in the Douro region. He's a true maverick within the family, pioneering biodynamic viticulture, a shift his initially skeptical father, João Sr., eventually embraced due to its impressive results. Today, Mateus, along with his wife Teresa and father João Sr., is crafting exceptional wines. His deep passion for the land is evident in every aspect of his life, even his garden is a vineyard! He believes that Douro provides all the essential elements for winemaking, and their profound connection to the land resonates throughout their work. The Nicolau de Almeida family epitomizes the spirit of Douro, as Mateus lets the land tell its own story. Discover more about their extraordinary journey.