The Arribas Wine Company project began in 2017, when Frederico Machado and Ricardo Alves decided that the time to start a more personal project had arrived, reflecting their own philosophy and winemaking style. The quest for diversity and a spot with unique characteristics took them to Bemposta, a small village in the far north near Mogadouro, where the grandparents of one of the founders were born. There they found very old vineyards, some of them recently abandoned due to the owner's old age.
Raiola is the name of a traditional tossing coin game that people play in this region. Two vineyards were used to make this wine, but only red grapes which were whole bunch foot trodden in a lagar. After 4 days, grapes were pressed and the must was transferred to one new French Oak barrel and 6 used ones (French and Austrian oak barrels). This makes up 70% of the blend. The remainder comes from the yet-to-be-released Quilómetro (from soft and hard pressings) and those barrels were used to give the blend some freshness that we reckon worked perfectly.
The wine was aged for 10 months in barrel before being blended. This wine was bottled in August and officially released the end of November.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Trás-os-Montes
Grape Varieties: field blend
Alcohol by volume: 12%