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Quinta das Bágeiras - 2017 - Avô Fausto Tinto

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Quinta das Bágeiras' Avo Fausto Red 2017 is a unique red wine crafted with a deep respect for tradition. The grapes for this wine come from a single plot where Baga and Touriga Nacional varieties are co-planted, mimicking the centuries-old tradition of field blends. This allows the vines to compete for nutrients and sunlight, potentially resulting in a more complex and nuanced wine. Production was limited to just two or three bunches per vine to replicate the character of old vineyards. This stresses the vines, concentrating flavors and sugars in the remaining grapes. The grapes were harvested together and fermented without destemming. Stems contribute subtle tannins, herbal aromas, and structural elements to the wine. The co-mingled grapes underwent fermentation for about a week in an open press, also known as a lager. This traditional method allows for gentle extraction of color and flavor through foot treading or manual pigeage (punching down the cap of skins). The wine was racked several times daily throughout the week-long fermentation to extract more color, tannins, and structure from the grape skins. Following fermentation, the wine aged in used French oak barrels. 

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Quinta das Bágeiras

The story of Quinta das Bágeiras begins in 1989 with Mário Sérgio Nuno Alves. Before this, the estate's grapes were sold to other cellars in the Bairrada region. However, Mário saw the potential for something more and began bottling the wines produced on his land, marking the official launch of Quinta das Bágeiras. Since then, the winery has remained a family-run business focused on quality and a deep connection to the land.

The vineyards of Quinta das Bágeiras span various plots with evocative names like "Bagieras," "Figueira da Coast," and "Water Pond." These plots boast diverse characteristics regarding altitude, soil composition, and sun exposure, allowing the winery to cultivate grape varieties that best suit each microclimate.

Quinta das Bágeiras champions minimalist intervention philosophy in the vineyard and the winery. They prioritize sustainable practices, opting for organic viticulture whenever possible. This translates to minimal use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, promoting biodiversity within the vineyards and fostering a healthy environment for the vines to thrive.

At Quinta das Bágeiras, quality is paramount. The grapes are meticulously hand-harvested, ensuring only the ripest and healthiest fruit is used in the winemaking process. This dedication to detail allows the unique character of each grape variety and vineyard to shine through in the final product.

The minimalist approach extends to the winery as well. Fermentation often takes place with indigenous yeasts, allowing the natural character of the grapes to take center stage. Additionally, some of their red wines are vinified in Lagares, traditional large stone tanks where foot treading is still practiced. This time-honored technique gently extracts flavor and color from the grapes.

Quinta das Bágeiras offers a diverse range of wines, catering to various palates. Their portfolio includes red, white, and sparkling wines, all showcasing the potential of the Bairrada region. Their notable offerings include the Garrafeira Tinto, a long-aged red, and the Bruto Natural, a sparkling wine produced with no added sugar.

Over the years, Quinta das Bágeiras has garnered recognition for its commitment to quality and dedication to terroir-driven wines. While information on specific awards is limited, references to positive reviews and high scores from respected publications suggest their dedication to excellence is paying off.

Quinta das Bágeiras represents a unique perspective in the Bairrada region. Its focus on family legacy, sustainable practices, and minimalist winemaking techniques allows it to craft exceptional wines that are true expressions of its land.