António Casal Figueira
The white wine António is produced from very old vineyards of Vital, grape variety autochthonous from the North Atlantic Coast of Lisboa. The oldest vines grow in altitude, at the North side of Montejunto Mountain, at 350mt., where limestone soil, fresh climate and grape variety are in
perfect adequation for centuries. Practically unknown and underestimated, in 2008 this grapevariety was almost voted to extinction; its aleatory dense implantation on the limestone and due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast provides an exceptionally complex, fresh and mineral character to the wines. Our vines are conducted in gobelet shape, in nonmechanizable small plots aged between 70 and 100+ years old. The work at the vines is made manually by old people from the local villages,
people that have unparalelled knowledge of the Vital due to their ancestral local agronomical practice.
The grapes' growing and vinification is made looking towards the recovering of old manual techniques; the grapes are picked and carried in small boxes (not larger than 15 kgs capacity), refrigerated during
transport. Arriving the winery, are immediately emptied (manually) in the press, allowing the grapes to keep its wholeness without smashing, and allowing the extraction of the most qualitative juice.
After settling, with temperature control, the juice is put into old french oak barrels where it starts fermenting spontaneously, only with its indigenous yeast naturally present in the grapes. The wine ages during 8-10 months over its fine lyes, with batonage. A slight filtration is made during bottling. No chemical correction whatsoever or the adding of leaven is used. Very low levels of sulfites are present. 5000 bottles of 750ml
Country Portugal / Região de Lisboa
Bottle Size 75cl