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 Pet Nat Branco is a white pet-nat, produced entirely from white grapes such as Arinto, Rabigato, and Moscatel Galego among others. It is freshness encapsulated – bright, citrine, and luminous, with lemon peel and fresh apple on the nose. The palate is refreshing, racy, also full of citrus fruits, and has a bead of bubbles that cries out for a picnic lunch, or a day at the beach.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Arinto, Rabigato, Alvarinho, Moscatel Galego, Bical
Alcohol by volume: 11%