Piemonte Cortese, Alasia
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Grape VarietyMaria Gomes, Sercialinho
StyleAromatic & Zesty
Luís Pato has been making wine here since 1980, ten years after his father became the first producer to estate bottle wines after the Bairrada DO was granted.
These days, and more than 30 vintages later, Luis has 60 hectares of vines, majoring on Baga for red wines, and Bical and Maria Gomes for whites. A considerable proportion of production is also in sparkling wine, both metodo classico and metodo antigo (Bairrada has been, since the 1890s, the cradle of sparkling wine production in Portugal).
Winemaking has moved from the grounds of the family house in Ois do Bairro, to a smart winery in Amoreira de Gandara, and, of course, these days Luis Pato is not only the most famous producer in his region, but enjoys a global reputation too.
Also known as Fernao Pires, the Maria Gomes grape thrives in the sandier areas of Bairrada. This is from 35 year old vines, and includes 15% Sercialinho in the mix, which really pulls together the gentler elements of the dominant variety, reuslting in a zesty, sappy, dry white.
"I found a refreshing green leafy character, and real structure - a beginning, middle and end to the tasting experience." Jancis Robinson, naming the 2013 vintage her Wine of the Week, July 2014.