Cabeças do Reguengo

Portalegre

Wine writer and former ballet dancer João Afonso bought a semi-derelict farm in the Reguengo, in the Portalegre region of Alentejo in 2009. The farm was surrounded by abandoned old vineyards, originally planted with scores of different grape varieties, but only the most resilient had survived. João set to work reviving the vineyards and filling in the gaps by a combination of layering and massal selection. The main grapes are Portuguese natives Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Castelão and Grand Noir for reds, and Arinto, Assario, Fernão Pires, Roupeiro, Alicante Branco for whites. Exact percentages in each vineyard are impossible to measure. He follows Steiner’s biodynamic philosophy, and yields are kept low. The altitude of 600m, with granitic soils guarantee freshness in such warm climate. The wines have depth and vigour but are certainly not lacking in freshness or drinkability - proof if any were needed that good things come to those with patience.

Region - Alentejo