What am I: Antonio Madeira, Portuguese raised in France, and trained as an engineer, decided to return to his ancestral home in the Dão region at the foot of the Serra Estrela. In this place, he set about identifying the tiny forgotten vineyards that he felt could be considered the Grand Cru vineyards of Dão. Working closely with the owners of these vineyards, developing trust, and showing them his vision of working with small vineyard holdings to show their potential while protecting them from being ripped out in the name of progress, he was able to slowly build up a group of over 15 small vineyards and 30+ individual plots that he could work. These vineyards were the backbone of his project, and although Antonio now owns some of his own vineyards, his wines display a purity and elegance that prove the value in his original vision.
Antonio works these vineyards without any chemical intervention and using mostly biodynamic principles, and practices extremely low-intervention/hands-off winemaking to showcase the granitic terroir of his native area. He uses no winemaking additives other than a small amount of sulfur in bottling.
Antonio Madeira Vinhas Velhas Tinto is dominated by vines that are over 80-years old, and the nuance and finesse that this wine displays is impressive considering the relatively diminutive price tag. With easily identifiable granitic terroir leading the way, the nose is a journey to the heart of the Serra da Estrela. Pine, flowers, autumn forest, and brambleberry fill this wine with intrigue and paint a picture of these grapes, grown in some of Portugal’s most mountainous and classic terrain.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Dão – Serra da Estrela
Grape Varieties: Alfrocheiro, Baga, Jaen
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