What am I: American Luke Schomer has spent his whole life fermenting – fermenting wine, beer, cider, and of course, ideas. Having been a journeyman beverage maker for many producers in the United States, Luke got his education learning how to ferment nearly every kind of alcoholic beverage there is.
After meeting his Portuguese bride-to-be and living for some time more in the USA, the couple decided to move to Portugal to raise their family (Daughters of Madness is named for their three daughters) and enjoy the family-focused culture of Portugal as well as be close to an abundance of raw material for his fermentation desires including apples for cider and grapes for wine.
Although Luke and his family live full time in the capital of Lisbon, they spend every available moment searching the vineyards and orchards of the Serra Montejunto, particularly around the region of Alcobaça, near where the ciders and wines are made.
Ava their first rose talha-style wine and is made using Touriga Nacional grapes. The grapes were crushed, destemmed, and pressed into the beeswax-lined talha, where it began its natural journey. It rested for 9 months in talha and was bottled in late July/early August.
Aroma: wide spectrum from dried strawberry skins to herbs.
Flavor Profile: wide spectrum from red fruits to minerals.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Apple Varieties: 100% Touriga Nacional
Alcohol by volume: 12%