What am I: What started as a thesis project for three friends attending enology school together has become one of the most exciting natural wine projects in Portugal. Vinhos Aparte brings a punk-rock/graffiti artist aesthetic to their winemaking, and it shows in their whimsical, fresh, fruity, and oh-so-funky wines. They may be grape-mad explorers in wine-based fun and craziness, but they are dead serious when it comes to making extraordinary wine.
Grainhas means “seeds” in Portuguese, and this wine is a unique attempt at exploring the outer reaches of winemaking. Made using 100% Arinto, the seeds of the grapes were removed, allowed to dry in the sun, then put back to the barrel of wine to add a unique element to this already special wine. Only one barrel equal to 300 bottles has been made. Each bottle is numbered and has with the soon-to-be-famous label designed by feminist Portuguese artist Cara Trancada (who also designed the label of the Branco) as an homage to creation and the role of the seed of the grape.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Grape Varieties: Arinto
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%