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Vadio - N/V - Espumante Bruto Branco

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Vadio's sparkling white wine pays homage to Bairrada's long history of bubbly delights. Using the Solera method, a continuous blending process that began in 2007, their base wines boast the unique character of 13 vintages. Bical, Baga, and Cercial grapes, hand-harvested in the cool mornings, are whole-bunch pressed for a gentle extraction. Fermentation occurs entirely in barrels, followed by aging on lees for six months. Each year, around 30% of the Solera blend is bottled, creating a new batch of sparkling wine. This "topping up" with the latest harvest ensures consistency across vintages. The second fermentation happens in the bottle according to the classic method, with a minimum aging of 18 months before disgorgement. The resulting wine offers a complex and elegant aroma, dominated by dried and candied fruits with a touch of salinity. The palate is rich and creamy, balanced by lively acidity and remarkable depth.

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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.