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 Arinto is the classic white grape of the region, known for its bracing high acidity and potential for mineral flavors. This Arinto was spontaneously fermented in used barrel, and aged in barrel for 10 months without decanting/filtration. No sulfur has been added. This wine is full of citrus, lime peel, and mineral, yet still textured and not at all one dimensional. A very taut wine, with lots of energy.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Grape Varieties: Arinto
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%