What am I: Vale da Capucha, located in the zone of Torres Vedras (Lisboa region) is a mere 8km from the ocean and has been a family farm since 1858, and Pedro Marques is the fifth generation of his family to make wine. In 2006, Pedro began to convert the vineyards to organic viticulture, and the practices in the cellar to fully natural. His first Vale da Capucha wines were produced in 2009.
At Vale da Capucha the proximity to the sea keeps the wines naturally high in acid. Pedro believes in using a long fermentation in order to build textural wines that balance the region’s naturally high acid grapes. Vale da Capucha wine has become known as one of the pioneers in Portuguese natural wines by producing precise wines without any cellar trickery – the wines are as clean as they are natural. No funk, just pure luscious deliciousness.
Vale da Capucha Palheto is a mix of white Arinto and red Castelinho, which are co-fermented in inox before bottling. Serve this wine chilled and enjoy it with a cheese plate, salad, or other light meals.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Grape Varieties: Mixed red Castelinho and white Arinto grapes from coastal vineyards
Alcohol by volume: 13%