What am I: Adega Viúva Gomes, established in 1808, is located in Almoçageme, Colares. Colares is a demarcated wine-growing region defined in 1908. Viúva Gomes is one of the last remaining classic producers in Colares, Portugal’s most idiosyncratic region. A clifftop area, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean, with vines planted directly in ocean born sands, Colares is unique in the world. These are some of the only vines in Europe to have escaped the Phylloxera epidemic of the 19th century. Colares wines are treasured by collectors who seek a vinous window into the true nature of uncorrupted and undiluted old-world wines.
Due to their specific terroir, Viúva Gomes' wines present a vibrant character. Dominated by sea storms and the southern influence of the Sintra hillsides, it is a temperate region, and creates fresh and salty wines, with a lighter structure and high acidity.
Today, the 4th and 5th generations are working together to keep the traditional Colares wines alive. While respecting tradition, the father and son have also looked forward, embracing creativity by seeking and exploring new paths of winemaking. Pirata is the fruit of these new paths.
With this natural wine project, Diogo Baeta seeks to present the coastal character of Colares wines free of additives or undue intervention. The Pirata wines are Regional Lisboa wines, but the vines grow in the same general area as the famed Colares vines and share much of the same climate conditions.
Viúva Gomes / Pirata da Viuva Tutti-Frutti Palete 2016 is a palhete wine, a mix of red and white grapes co-fermented together. The juice is spontaneously fermented and allowed to macerate on skins for some time before partially being transferred to used barrel. A minimum of sulfur is added. The wine is brick red in color, with hints of iodine in the nose, very open and expressive, with notes of blackberries and plums. The palate is alive and full of energy and acid as can only come from vineyards planted by the sea.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Grape Varieties: Mixed red and white grapes from coastal vineyards
Alcohol by volume: 13%