Winery to Watch 2014

Dão, Portugal: Casa de Mouraz

Last year I spent a lot of time in Lisbon and Porto working on a project for Viniportugal, selecting the 50 Great Wines of Portugal. Out of more than 600 wines that I tasted blind, two that caught my attention came from Casa de Mouraz, where Antonio Lopes Ribeiro farms his vineyards in Dão under organic and biodynamic principles. He ferments encruzado without added yeast in stainless steel, creating a cool, clean, mineral-rich white that feels like the granitic soils of the Dão. And his Elfa, a red from 80-year-old vines, farmed with the same care and made with the same simple philosophy, is a knockout, a contrast of vibrant fruit and the complexity of a mix of 30 different varieties contributing to the flavor detail. Recently, for our August issue, we tasted Ribeiro’s Bio Vinho Verde, a certified organic wine that’s fresh and floral, with the succulent depth of fruit flavor he achieves in his Dãos.