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.
Vinhos Aparte Classico Tinto is a blend of 66% Alfrocheiro and 34% Touriga Nacional. It is a multi-regional blend, with the Touriga Nacional coming from Torres Vedras (Lisboa) and the Alfrocheiro from Tazem (Dão). The grapes were spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 13-months in used barrels. This wine is unfiltered.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa and Dão
Grape Varieties: 66% Alfrocheiro and 34% Touriga Nacional
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%