Bairrada and Pato

A love history!

For centuries the Pato family has been involved in wine business in the Bairrada region. Luis ancestors started to put Bairrada on the map. e uncle of Luis’s grandfather, Mario Pato was one of the first oenologues teaching winemaking in Portugal. e wine is running in the veins in Pato family.

In a former century Luis was one of the first pioneers to go and sellhis wines abroad. More than 30 years ago he went off with a suitcase full of bottles of Baga, Bical and other indigenous grape varieties from his well beloved vineyards in the Bairrada region.

Open minded sommeliers, importers and wine aficionados were blown away through these terroir driven wines from an unknow region with even more unknown grape varieties! The expression Luis was giving to his wines was a real reflection of his region of birth: fresh (thanks to the Atlantic influence), creamy, fruitdriven (chalky clay soil, midslopes of the small hills around Óis do Bairro), elegant and delicate (oak aging/fermenting used as balanced seasoning in a soup) with big aging potential.

He was like a single rebel putting a single handed revolution in a sleeping region – at that time unaware of its complexity and potential.

The future for Baga and Bical and the other indigenous suspects from Bairrada looks assured! The patrimonium of old vines will be maintained and probably even improved. Luis’s perseverance and determination will be respected! The Rebel’s spirit will go on!

Some of our selection:

Valadas Pé Franco

Philosophy

Almost 20 years after my first experiment with Baga from ungrafted vines, in sandy soil, my craziness reappeared and I repeated the experiment with more risk and pleasure… The aim was to show the Essence of Baga from chalky-clay soil.

With this vineyard I have a commitment: if one vine is killed by phylloxera, I will replant another.

In order to get the best from this vineyard, I achieve a natural concentration leaving just one bunch per vine.

These are my renovating votes to Baga.

Type: Red wine 

Region: Bairrada

Denomination: Bairrada DOC

Grape variety: Baga

Soil: Chalky Clay

Destemming: Yes

Fermentation: wooden vat (2 weeks)

Maturation: used casks  250l / 6 months

Stabilization: Non filtered.

With age can present deposit

Vinha Formal 2016

Philosophy

To show the terroir from Bairrada, this wine is made from a single vineyard called Vinha Formal. This vineyard located in Óis do Bairro, on a small slope towards East, is in the heart of Bairrada white region mapped in 1866 by António Augusto Aguiar, in the Agriculture Kingdom Report. We produce sparkling from the 1st picking made in the middle to the end of August, when we get a good acidity perfect for sparkling. This will also improve the ripeness for the remaining grapes that are picked 2 weeks more to produce the white wine.

Type: white wine

Region: Bairrada

Denomination: Bairrada DOC

Grape variety: Bical 85%+ Cercial 15%

Soil: Chalky Clay

Available bottles: 3124 bottles

Destemming: Yes

Fermentation: French oak casks

Maturation: French oak casks 650l / 6 months

Stabilization: Non filtered.

With age can present deposit.

Vinha Barrosa 2015

Philosophy:

Baga is a Portuguese indigenous grape variety perfectly adapted to the soils and clime of the Bairrada region. To better display the character of the region, this wine is made from a single vineyard called Vinha Barrosa. This vineyard, planted in a traditional method before 1932, is surrounded by a pine forest where there are also some eucalyptuses that add a special fragrance to the wine.

A better knowledge of the evolution of this wine can be attained by tasting the older vintages starting in 1995, as one can understand the evolution of my winemaking, personality and creativity.

Type: Red wine

Region: Bairrada

Denomination: Bairrada DOC

Grape variety: Baga

Soil: Chalky Clay

Available bottles: 4162 bottles

Destemming: Yes

Fermentation: wooden vat (2 weeks)

Maturation: used casks

600l/ 24 months

Stabilization: Non filtered.

With age can present deposit.

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