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  • Bairrada 3

Luís Pato

The Pato family has been producing wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since, at least, the 18th century.

João Pato started to bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation.

His son, Luis Pato, inherited his nonconformist and pioneer spirit and in 1980 produces his first wine, a pure Baga from exceptional quality and absolute rareness that is sought by appreciators as a treasure.

In 1985 begins 2 revolutions at Bairrada: destems Baga grapes and matures the wine in new French oak casks.

In 1988, he plants Baga from ungrafted vines to understand pre-phylloxera wines and produces the first Vinhas Velhas’ wine from Portugal.

In 1990 participates, for the first time, as a judge at International Wine Challenge, a contest that he assumes as a tasting school and guidance that shows him new wines and the volatility of the consumers’ taste.

In 1995 produces wines from a single vineyard: Vinha Pan, Vinha Barrosa, and Quinta do Ribeirinho Pé Franco. In 1998, he buys Vinha Formal to produce his top white wine from a single vineyard.

In 1999, by personal choice, leaves DOC denomination, and labels his wines as Regional Beiras.

In 2001, he makes his first «harvest of precision», picking from the same vineyard at the end of August to the production of the sparkling wine, and at the end of September to the production of a more concentrated red wine.

In 2005, he makes his first wine with his daughter Filipa, the FLP, using the cryo-extraction method.

In 2008, he presents his first sparkling wine from single-vineyard, the Vinha Formal, from Bical and Touriga Nacional.

In 2009, he produces his first natural sweet wines (White, Rose, and Red) that he calls Abafado Molecular.

In 2010, he creates Informal and Quinta do Moinho, white sparkling wines from Baga grape harvested from the first picking of a single vineyard: Informal is from Vinha Pan and Quinta do Moinho from the homonymous vineyard.

In 2011, appears Fernão Pires, the first red from white grape, with 94% Maria Gomes (aka Fernão Pires) and 6% Baga's skins.
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