Luis Pato Maria Gomes
- Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires)
- Refreshing and aromatic with spicy notes.
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- Luís Pato has been making wine here since 1980, ten years after his father became the first producer to estate bottle wines after the Bairrada DOC was granted.
These days, and more than 30 vintages later, Luis has 60 hectares of vines, majoring on Baga for red wines, and Bical and Maria Gomes for whites. A considerable proportion of production is also in sparkling wine, both metodo classico and metodo antigo (Bairrada has been, since the 1890s, the cradle of sparkling wine production in Portugal).
Winemaking has moved from the grounds of the family house in Ois do Bairro, to a smart winery in Amoreira de Gandara, and, of course, these days Luis Pato is not only the most famous producer in his region, but enjoys a global reputation too.
Also known as Fernao Pires, the Maria Gomes grape thrives in the sandier areas of Bairrada. This is from 35 year old vines, and includes 15% Sercialinho in the mix, which really pulls together the gentler elements of the dominant variety, reuslting in a zesty, sappy, dry white.
- 'The Pato family - here represented by paterfamilias Luis rather than his equally talented daughter Filipa - makes some thrilling wines in central Portugal. This captivating take on the native maria gomes variety is all pithy and zesty citrus and gentle meadow-floral aromas.' - David Williams, The Guardian
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Seafood and shellfish.
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