Producer: Filipa Pato
Region: Beiras, Portugal
Grape Varieties: Bical, Arinto
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Filipa Pato: winegrower in Bairrada. A graduate of the University of Coimbra as a chemical engineer, she refined her skills working harvests in Bordeaux, Mendoza, Margaret River, and right at home in Bairrada with her father, Luis Pato, the Baga Rebel. (In 2020 Filipa was elected Winemaker of the Year in Portugal by the Revista de Vinhos, the first Portugese woman to earn the title in 30 years.)
Williams Wouters: chef sommelier/ restaurateur. Hailing from a restarateuring family from Antwerp, Belgium, William is a champion sommelier and former head chef to the Belgian national soccer team on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and 2016 UEFA European Cup France tours.
Together, they are Filipa Pato & William Wouters. Their philosophy is simple: to create authentic wines without makeup, wines that express the true nature of the vineyards from which they come. They focus on indigenous grapes only: in their hands, biodynamically-farmed Baga, Bical, Arinto, Cercial and Maria Gomes produce soulful wines from vineyards with ideal soils, microclimates and aspects for growing exquisite wine grapes.
A blend of 80% Bical and 20% Arinto grown in calcareous clay soils. 10% of the juice ferments in 500L casks; the other 90% is fermented in tank. Final blend and bottling in spring after 5-6 months’ aging.