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Vadio - 2014 - Grande Vadio Tinto

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The Grande Vadio red wine is a culmination of Vadio's dedication to showcasing the true elegance and aging potential of Baga grapes in Bairrada. Sourced from hillside vineyards where sunlight promotes optimal ripening, the grapes express their full character. Each plot is vinified in small tanks with manual pump-overs to extract the essence of the fruit. After pressing, the young wines are transferred to used 500-liter barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging for at least 12 months. Earlier bottling compared to other Vadio wines preserves the vibrant fruit character and maintains the structure of the delicate tannins. The resulting wine boasts an aroma rich with wild fruits and balsamic notes, a signature of the Baga grape. The palate is harmonious and elegant, dominated by fine tannins and balanced acidity, making it a wine built for both enjoyment and aging.

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Vadio Wines, nestled in the village of Poutena within Portugal's Bairrada region, is a small, family-run project founded in 2005 by Luís Patrão. Their mission is clear: to revive the heritage of Bairrada by crafting authentic DOC Bairrada wines using traditional grape varieties.

Across 13 vineyards in Vale D. Pedro, totaling 10 hectares, Vadio cultivates a mosaic of 27 distinct plots. Their winery, a converted warehouse, reflects their dedication to simplicity and preserving the essence of Bairrada. The focus lies on classic wines that showcase the region's unique character and the personality of the grapes themselves.

Bairrada, itself bathed in the Atlantic influence some 200 kilometers north of Lisbon, boasts rolling hills, valleys, and a distinctive climate. Clay-limestone soils and native grape varieties weave a tapestry of flavors that set Bairrada's wines apart. Known for its long-aging potential in red Baga wines, the region also produces refreshing white and characterful sparkling wines.

Vadio Wines is a labor of love for the Patrão-Dias couple. Luís, a Bairrada native, splits his time between Vadio and his role as winemaking director at Herdade de Coelheiros in Alentejo. Eduarda, his wife, originally from Brazil, manages the daily operations of this family venture. Luís' father, Dinis Patrão, is a champion of organic farming, tending to the vineyards with a dedication that borders on reverence. Viticulturist Hugo Melo, a longtime friend, and cellar workers Filipe Abreu and Dona Lurdes Silva round out this passionate team. Together, they breathe life into Vadio's vision of preserving Bairrada's rich winemaking heritage.