WHO: The Quinta, classified as of public interest by the Portuguese Heritage Institute, is owned by the Teixeira Coelho family and has been since about the mid 1800’s. Now at the head of operations is Diogo Teixeira Coelho who makes wines enthusiastically and with dedication that upholds the traditions passed down from generations.
WHAT: A blend of native grape varieties Padeiro (aka Tinta Cão which is used to make Port) and Vinhão (bold, blood-red grape used for Portugese ‘homebrew’).
WHERE: Quinta da Raza is located Vinho Verde to the northwest of Portugal. Further, it lies within the Basto sub-region where there is a unique microclimate created from mountains and the Tâmega River.
HOW: This wine is made with a hands-off, minimal intervention approach, allowing the grapes in the vineyard to grow wild amongst a bustling biodiverse landscape, as symbolized by the ladybug on the label. Winemaker Diogo also uses natural fermentation practices, allowing native yeasts to create a second fermentation which creates the bubbles for this wine.
TASTING NOTES/PAIRINGS: This fruity pet-nat is something we’re calling a strawberry-banana bomb. Totally cloudy with distinct fuzzy strawberry flavas & ethereal esthers of banana. The proof is in the natural sediment at the bottom which adds complexity and body, don’t be afraid!