Uivo Folias de Baco Vinhas Velhas 2016

Winemaker: Tiago Sampaio

Region: Douro, Portugal

(plateau of Alijo, in Cima Corgo


Grapes: 10+ local varieties,

all in a field blend across two

parcels. Grapes include Tinta

Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Mourisco,

Tinta Pinheira (jaen), Touriga

Franca, and more.

Alcohol: 13%

Sulphur: 25mg/l added

Suitable for vegans: Yes

Altitude: 550m

Total area farmed: 20 ha

Soils: Mostly schist with a little

bit of clay

Age of vines: average of 80

years old

Viticulture: Organic +

biodynamic (non-certified)

Vineyards: Tiago farms about 8

different vineyards all located

within a 5km radius of his

winery. One the key points

here is the high altitude which

differs from the rest of the

Douro. He is not on the river

but rather on a plateau at the

top of the slope, between

550-700m. The cold nighttime

temperatures slow down the

ripening and help maintain a

distinct acidity and freshness

across the whole range.

Another factor is the variety in

the soils. Whereas most of the

Douro is known for its slate/

schist soils, Tiago also has a bit

of granite and varying amounts

of clay in some parcels. Last,

he has the advantage of having

nearly 10 hectares of vines

that are over 80 years old. The

complexity of old vineyards

and the vibrancy of younger

vines creates a perfect balance

in the wines.

Vinification: the grapes are

softly destemmed and foot

trodden in shallow granite

lagares where fermentation

takes place. Various batches

are done separately with

some staying on skins for 5

days and others for over three

months with the occasional

punchdown. The wine is

eventually blended before

going into old barrels for

over three years (228L, 300L,

500L, some chestnut some

french oak). Bottled in Dec

2019, unfined, unfiltered, light

sulphite addition.

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