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Vizinho Vinhateiro - 2021 - Tinto

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Crafted by a renowned winemaking family (Charlotte Hugel and Paul Chevreux) in Portugal's Dão region, this is a field blended red wine, made using organic viticulture and minimal intervention techniques.

Vizinho Vinhateiro - 2021 - Tinto
Vizinho Vinhateiro - 2021 - Tinto Sale price€24,99

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Vizinho Vinhateiro

A young French couple with deep roots in winemaking is reviving centuries-old traditions in Portugal's Dão region. Charlotte Hugel, 13th generation descendant of the famed Alsace winemaking family Hugel & Fils, and her husband, winemaker Paul Chevreux, have set up shop in Quinta da Roda da Quintã, near Viseu. Their project, Vizinho Vinhateiro, blends French know-how with Dão's rich viticulture heritage.

Hugel's family history intertwines with Portuguese wine through their membership in Primum Familiae Vini, a consortium of renowned family-owned wineries that includes Symington Family Estates, owner of Port producer Graham's. It was during her time at Graham's that Charlotte met Paul, sparking their love for Portugal and its wines.

Drawn to Dão's potential and similarities to their Alsatian roots, they embarked on a search for the perfect vineyard. After years of exploration, they found their haven in Farminhão, a village steeped in winemaking tradition. Here, they acquired a manor house and a small vineyard with vines dating back to 1931.

Their philosophy centers on organic viticulture and minimal intervention winemaking. They practice "physiological pruning," inspired by biodynamic principles, to nurture the health of their vines. Respecting the land and preserving local heritage are paramount to their vision.

Their first venture, Vizinho Vinhateiro, launched in 2021 with a red and a rosé. In 2022, they plan to introduce their first white blend and expand production to 8,000 bottles. Their ultimate goal is to create a welcoming space where visitors can connect with the land and their wines, mirroring the hospitality that defines Hugel's Alsatian legacy.

The couple finds a kinship between Dão and Alsace in their shared love for the land and a focus on small, quality-driven producers. While acknowledging the regions' distinct soil types, they believe Dão's high rainfall and temperature variations create ideal conditions for complex wines. Their aim is to showcase Dão's potential for terroir-driven wines with aging potential, while preserving the region's unique character.

The initial releases are already showing promise, evolving from a fruit-forward character to reveal more nuanced tertiary aromas. Looking ahead, they plan to solidify their offerings with white, red, and claret bottlings, reviving a traditional Dão style.

With their dedication to quality and a deep respect for tradition, Charlotte Hugel and Paul Chevreux are poised to make a significant mark on Dão's wine landscape. Their story is one of family legacy, cultural exchange, and a love for the art of making memorable wines.