Light with fresh notes of red fruits, yellow nectarines, some lavender and a lively minerality. It is best enjoyed slightly chilled (approx. 10°C) and poured into a carafe beforehand so that it can breathe. By the way, "Renegado" is the Portuguese word for "renegade".
Goes well with: pizza, salad, salami, vegetables, for a picnic, with an aperitif and is very versatile on its own or as an accompaniment.
This wine is a field blend of red and white grapes from the Douro Valley.
A field blend is the remnant of an old winemaking tradition: in the past, the vineyards were not planted according to variety, but with different white and red grapes. When the time came, everything was harvested and fermented together.
The Uivo Renegado is a field blend of more than 25 different autochthonous grape varieties - 50% red and 50% white. The red ones include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Bastardo, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Francisca and Tinto Cão, while the white ones include Rabigato, Malvasia Fina, Alvarinho, Gouveio, Verdelho, Esgana Cão and Viosinho. The vineyards are over 80 years old and no longer produce much, but the quality is particularly good. The harvest takes place by hand in September and the aging takes place half in used French barriques of second and third wines, the other half in stainless steel tanks. The aging lasts 6 months, the subsequent fermentation with natural yeasts 3 weeks.
The vineyards are fertilized with vegetable compost to generate natural nitrogen. The wine is a "claret", i.e. a dark rosé or light red wine - depending on your perspective - and slightly cloudy.
Ingredients & Allergens
The wines of the "Uivo" series are produced by Tiago Sampaio at an average altitude of 600 meters above sea level in the high altitudes of the Douro Valley. The grapes grow on the family vineyards.
The entire manufacturing process is carefully monitored and controlled, mixing knowledge acquired over generations with new scientific developments. The result is complex wines, mysterious and seductive, of great gastronomic versatility.
Next time you travel to Porto, visit the Taberna Folias de Baco. It belongs to Tiago and the food and the wines are top notch.
Manufacturer's address: Folias de Baco, Tiago Sampaio, Rua António Cândido 7, 5070-029 Alijó, Portugal
Floor: slate and granite
Growing area: Douro, Portugal
Grape varieties: Field blend of more than 25 different grapes (mixture of 50% red, 50% white)
Harvest: early September
Aging: 6 months on the lees
Production: 8,000 bottles
Alcohol: 11.5% Vol.
This podcast is about Tiago Sampaio and his natural wines, but read for yourself:
Tiago Sampaio is a passionate and innovative winemaker who founded his own winery in Oregon in 2007 after completing his PhD. During his time in the US, he developed a deep admiration for Pinot Noir and upon his return to the Douro region of Portugal decided to plant this delicate and fresh Burgundian grape variety in 2001. This experience shaped his own style of winemaking.
Luckily, Tiago's family owned vineyards in the higher-altitude areas of Favaois, known for their production of aromatic Moscatel wines, which are traditionally offset for the DOC Moscatel do Douro. Tiago exploits these vineyards by growing his vines at altitudes of 500 to 700 meters. His vineyards are made up of a combination of old mixed hereditary vines and newly established plots where he is experimenting with varietals such as Alvarinho and Tinta Francisca.
In addition to his own winery, Tiago also works as a consultant at Aphros, a leading biodynamic producer of Vinho Verde wines. He is strongly committed to sustainable viticulture and the production of natural wines in the Douro region. Tiago has made a name for himself as an expert in Pet Nat wines, a style known for its natural and sparkling qualities. His dedication to pushing the boundaries and commitment to eco-friendly practices make him a respected figure in the winemaking world.