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Farming : Organic | Biodynamic
Winemaking : Hand-Harvested | Native Yeast | No Added Sulfites | Vegan
Region : Minho, Portugal
Grape : Red Blend
Alcohol by Volume : 12%
Márcio Lopes studied as an engineer, but cut his winemaking teeth working for two years with Vinho Verde master Anselmo Mendes in Melgaço. He then traveled to Australia where he made wine in Rutherglen and Tasmania, another cool climate region.
He returned to Portugal in 2010 to start his own projects, including Pequenos Rebentos in Vinho Verde.He initially started working with Alvarinho and Trajadura (known as Albariño and Treixadura in Spain) from the sub-regions of Monção and Melgaço. These areas have a very particular microclimate, with slightly less Atlantic influence than the rest of the region - winters are cold with moderate rainfall and summers are hot and dry. During 2016 he also started to grow and vinify local varietals Loureiro, from Ponte de Lima, and Avesso from Amarante.