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Philosophy

“It’s all about the grapes”

Breeding good grapes, picking them at the right time and winemaking with little intervention so as to obtain the wines that we believe that best mirror the “terroir”. That’s what we try to do year after year, either with Arinto in Bucelas or with Encruzado, Jaen, Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional in Dão.

Viticulture therefore plays a crucial role. All the decisions we make throughout the year are reflected in some way in our wine glass and this is indeed something that is truly captivating.

Here oenology consists simply in choosing the best winemaking techniques that allow us to interpret the different grapes in the best way, with minimal intervention but always controlling the processes in all stages.

We seek to obtain wines that are faithful to their origins but are always elegant and fresh, provide drinking pleasure and know how to age gracefully.

 

The Vineyards

In the Dão region, the vineyards are located in São João de Lourosa, between Viseu and Silgueiros. It is a plateau at 500 meters of altitude on the right bank of the Dão River, with Serra do Caramulo to the northwest and Serra da Estrela to the southeast as the main landscape and climatic influences. Here the bed rock is granite as in most of the region but with a great richness of clay that allows a great balance of the vineyards, especially in the drier years and also to get wines with a richer texture and depth. The white queen variety is Encruzado and in the reds the bet is always on blends of Jaen, Alfrocheiro, Baga, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Pinheira.

In Bucelas, just 20 km north of Lisbon, the vineyards are located in the area of Freixial and have a very particular climate strong Atlantic influence but protected within the valley. The soils are clay-limestone, here one can only speak of white wine and the variety that rules is Arinto, one of the most planted in Portugal but that has its birthplace here as well as its maximum potential.

Winemaking

In white wines we use mainly used barrels with the Encruzado, without adding yeast and with very slow fermentations. They are usually bottled after 10 months of aging in wood, and then they age in the bottle until they are released. In reds, we use a variable percentage of whole bunches with stems. Some reds are fermented in a press with foot treading and others in vats, with little forced extraction. They age in “Tonel” and barrels, usually for 20 months before being bottled.

Wines

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Druida Tinto 2017

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Vidente 2017

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Grande Druida 2017

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Caminhante 2019

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Druida Encruzado Reserva 2019

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Mira Arinto Bucelas 2017

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Druida Tinto 2017

This wine rises from 500 meters above sea level in the granite soils of the right bank of the No. These low yield vines are about 30 years old and produce grapes of high quality of the grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Jaen. This wine, of ex-tremely limited production, seeks to express its “terroir”: fresh, elegant and complex.

THE 2017 VINTAGE

It was a very dry year marked by an early harvest. The summer was quite long, dry and warm, however with some cool nights which allowed rippening to go on without interruptions and consequently the harvest was quite early. These grapes were harvested manually in mid September and the result is a wine full of freshness, fruit and complexity.

Álcool: 13%
pH: 3,56
Acidez total: 5,4 g/l

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Vidente Tinto 2017

This wine rises from 500 meters above sea level in the granite soils of the right bank of the No. These low yield vines are about 30 years old and produce high quality grapes of the varieties Jaen, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Pinheira, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. This wine is a very personal vision over the Dao and its wines, enhancing the elegance and freshness that are natural to this region.

THE 2017 VINTAGE

It was a very dry year marked by an early vegetative cycle of vines. The summer was quite long, dry and hot, however with cool nights which allowed for uninterrupted rippening and consequently a very early harvest. These grapes were harvested during the first half of September and the result is a wine full of freshness and elegance.

Álcool: 13 %
pH: 3,55
Acidez total: 4,9 g/l

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Grande Druida 2017

This wine comes from a unique parcel of the Encruzado variety, located at 500 meters altitude on the right bank of the Dao river. The soils of granite origin but with quite o lot of clay that gives a special character to these grapes. This white wine is aged for two years before release, and will only be made in the best vintages. The first edition comes as a tribute to a great friend and winemaker: Joao Correa.

THE 2017 VINTAGE

It was a very dry year marked by an early harvest. The summer was quite long, dry and warm, however with some cool nights which allowed rippening to go on without interruptions and consequently the harvest was quite early. These grapes were harvested manually in early September and the result is a wine full of freshness, texture and minerality.

Álcool: 12,5%
pH: 3,2
Acidez total: 6,7 g/l

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Caminhante 2019

The “Caminhante”(walker) symbolizes the various paths that we can follow in the vineyards and in the cellar in search of our wines. It stands for the more experimental side of wine production and the discovery of different things. It reminds us that walking the path is as or more important than the destination. In 2019 we followed a path that led us to recover something that has always been done in the Dão region: the blend of white and red grapes.

THE 2019 VINTAGE

It was a year with a warm winter but with a cool spring and summer end, allowing slow rippening and excellent levels of natural acidity and aromatic elegance. These grapes were harvested manually in the middle of September and the white grapes fermented together with the reds, thus giving birth to a wine of great harmony and freshness.

Alcohol: 12%
pH: 3,59
Total acidity: 5,9 g/l

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Druida Encruzado 2019

This wine is born at 500 meters of altitude on the granite soils of the right bank of the Dao. These low yield vineyards are 30 years old and produce Premium quality grapes of the local variety Encruzado. The aim of this wine is to express its “terroir”: fresh, mineral and complex.

THE 2019 VINTAGE

It was a year with a warm winter but with a cool spring and summer, which allowed for slow maturation and excellent levels of acidity and aromatic elegance.. These grapes were picked manually in mid-September and the result is a wine full of freshness and minerality.

Alcohol: 12,5%
pH: 3,25
Total acidity: 7,53 g/l

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Mira Arinto Bucelas 2017

This wine is made with Arinto grapes from two small vineyards. A lowland vineyard in a very cool area with deep clay-limestone soils and another located on a more chalky and sunny hillside. It is a raw and uncompromising approach to the unique “terroir” of this region that revisits artisan winemaking techniques, naked of technology and in search of the purest expression of the “Arinto de Bucelas”.

THE 2017 VINTAGE

It was a very dry year marked by an early harvest. The summer was quite long, dry and warm, however with some cool nights which allowed rippening to go on without interruptions and consequently the harvest was quite early. These grapes were harvested manually in early September and the result is a wine full of freshness and minerality.

Álcool: 13,5%
pH: 2,97
Acidez total: 7,8 g/l