The ultra modern winery on the hillside near Vidigueira is the amazing Ribafreixo Wines project by partners Mário Pinheiro (a business man with a passion for wine) and Nuno Bicó (a local agricultural engineer that has always been connected with Alentejo). It sits on the Moinho Branco Estate with its sizeable 114 ha, in a region with a long-standing wine-making tradition. The winemaker Paulo Laureano, renowned for his “art of crafting wines of excellence”, is one of the fundamental drivers of their growing success and recognition. Factors such as strategic investment in Portuguese varieties, some of which are unique to the Vidigueira region, like the Antão Vaz grape are clearly setting Ribafreixo apart in the increasingly competitive world of wines. The wines are an expression of the schist soils, the Portuguese varietals and the unique microclimate of Vidigueira, a region that offers ideal conditions for making extremely fresh, mineral and aromatic white wines and reds with finesse and character.
This unique part of the Alentejo region has a microclimate that leads to high quality white wines. It also means red wines can be produced that has great balance and complexity and not just another full bodied fruit bomb despite higher alcohol levels.
Made from Antao Vaz, fermentated in stainless steel vats for a 30 day period, followed by 2 to 3 months batonnage. 3 months of bottle staging.
Paulo Laureano has created Pato Frio (which means cold duck) which is a wine with an intense tropical fruit nose overlaid with hints of citrus and minerals which are the characteristics of this grape variety. On the palate it is rounded with notable freshness that lifts the fruity component of the wine with a long, mineral and persistent finish. A full bodied wine that really stands out on the shelf.
Try with Moules Mariniére, chicken stews and pork in rich sauces are all common matches for this wine style in Alentejo Portugal.
Sustainable practice, vegan/veggie.