João Tavares Wines

Region Dão, Portugal

Winemaker João Tavares de Pina

João is a passionate and opinionated guy who makes unbelievable wine. He believes that to be truly organic means to do as little as possible in the vineyard and winery. If you visit the vineyards you will see João’s commitment to nature everywhere. Wildflowers act as natural protectants to the vines because of the antiseptic properties of the pollen. João’s favorite wildflowers are two kinds of chamomile that grow rampant throughout his vineyards. The terroir (earth the vines grow in and around) is full of granite. When you walk around you see the components of granite everywhere: quartz, mica and feldspar. The winery is covered in photovoltaic cells; making us a net exporter of electricity we could promote our wines as carbon neutral.

Philosophy: Boavista is an anomaly in the Dão. The region has undergone some changes since 1986, before then producers could only sell to co-ops here, but the region is still 85% co-op wine. Boavista is pushing the frontiers of natural winemaking and reintroducing native grapes to the vineyards through their nursery projects. Normally João doesn’t even use organic vineyard treatments. He hasn’t done anything but cut the grass in the past 2 years. João believes that the most important component of his winemaking is the fact that he lives in the middle of his vineyards. In the cellar, he is a strict non-interventionist; native yeasts, no new wood, no fining, filtering, not even temperature control on his reds. He ages his wines until he feels they are perfectly ready for release, a luxury not enjoyed by many corners of the wine world.

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Winery Data

Vineyard Size6 hectares

Total Winery Production2500 cases

Average Yield25 hectoliters per hectare

FarmingOrganic

Something RandomJoão is a baller chef!

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