Casal de Ventozela is a family business created in 1983 and dedicated to producing Vinho Verde wine. The 27 hectares of vineyards are situated in the sub-region Vale do Ave, in the heart of the Portuguese Vinho Verde region. They are spread over various estates and land plots, across gentle slopes and granitic soils, with altitudes between 100 and 200 meters. The plots are planted with varieties indigenous to the region: Loureiro, Trajadura, Fernão Pires and Arinto (Pedernã), Padeiro de Basto, Espadeiro and Vinhão (for red wine). The climate is influenced by the sea breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean and the wines produced are pleasantly light and fresh.
Farming/winemaking practices: No chemicals are used. Mechanical process to cut the grass between the rows. Everything is hand-harvested, by a team of about 30 people, usually starting around September 20th. The wines are vegan, no animal derivatives are ever used. The wines are fined with bentonite.
Farming is fully sustainable. The estate was recently certified for ‘Integrated Production’ which refers to a sustainable farming system that places an emphasis on involving the entire vineyard as an ecosystem and the preservation and improvement of soil fertility, as well as a diversified environment. The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted in the field before being carefully transported to the winery. After a pre-fermentation maceration, the grapes are pressed and fermented in temperature controlled tanks.
Before fermentation is complete the wine is bottled and allowed to finish fermentation. This is the traditional way Vinho Verde was made, a true “Pet-Nat.” The wine was not disgorged or filtered in any way, so the final result is a cloudy wine with some sediment, this contributes to the amazing mouthfeel and formidable freshness of the wine.