What am I: Tiago Sampaio is a brilliant young winemaker who is making some of the most exciting and affordable natural wines in Portugal. His project, named Folias do Baco, works with old vineyards in the Alto-Douro that has been in his family for many years. Tiago is also a PhD level viticulturist and enologist obsessed with the health and vitality of his vineyards. This focus shines through every wine that he makes and reflects his overall philosophy on winemaking. The grapes are grown using organic viticulture, and the plots are situated between 500-700 meters above sea level. Many of the vines are over 80 years old, but Tiago also has new plantings of both traditional Portuguese varietals common to the region and newer grapes such as Pinot Noir.
Tiago Sampaio Uivo Loureiro is crushed by foot and then fermented with skins and stems for four days in open lagar. It then goes through spontaneous fermentation in steel tank and after is moved to cement eggs for 6 months. Citrusy and creamy on the palate, this wine has both weight and perfect acidity and freshness.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Vinho Verde/Minho
Grape Varieties: Loureiro
Alcohol by volume: 11%