Quinta da Boavista
Mencia, Touriga Nacional
Dão, Portugal

Quinta da Boavista is located on the southern slopes of the river Dão and it was here that João Tavares de Pina returned in 1990, with a mission to care for the family plot. João’s family estate dates back to 1650 and covers 40 hectares, 13 of which are planted with vines. João and his wife Luísa celebrate polyculture and are making a rehabilitative effort to return a significant amount of the land to its natural state, boosting soil health in the process. Alongside older vines they have created a nursery where they grow indigenous, almost extinct varieties.

The wines are young, fresh and full of energy. Grapes are sorted as they are picked: those which have been pecked at by birds are discarded to prevent any cross-contamination. The grapes are crushed underfoot in lagars and chestnut blossom is used during fermentation, acting as a natural sulphite and preventing oxidation.

This wine is part of
Volume 46: The summer daze edition