There are two types of dreamers: those who are lost in daydreams and those who seek to give concrete form to their visions. Mário Faria Pinheiro and Nuno Bicó belong to the second genre. With different paths and backgrounds, they converged on an essential core of affinities, which include passion, rigor and strategic ability applied to the dream of producing exceptional wines. In 2007 Ribafreixo Wines was born in Vidigueira, an Alentejo region with a great wine tradition. And they managed to get reality to overcome the best fiction. In just three years, they bought 28 plots of abandoned land, which turned into a single, uniform property with an area of 114 hectares, linked to the irrigation system of the Alqueva dam. They recovered some of the pre-existing vineyards and planted new extensions, with Portuguese grape varieties, some of which are native to the Vidigueira region. Herdade do Moinho Branco is located on the route of the main highway of Baixo Alentejo, 500 meters from the village of Vidigueira, framed by a landscape of vineyards and olive trees and delimited by the relief of the Serra do Mendro.
In 2012 they opened their new 4 thousand square meter cellar. An ambitious project that will allow them to produce around 1500,000 bottles of wine per year in a sustainable and qualitative way due to the cutting edge technology that they have installed for the production of their wines.
The wines are an expression of the schist soils, the Portuguese varietals & the unique microclimate of Vidigueira in Alentejano, a region that offers ideal conditions for making extremely fresh, mineral & aromatic white wines and reds with finesse & character.
Barrancôa is a blend of three grape varieties with three different maturation cycles. Each fermentation is carried out separately, beginning with the Aragonez, followed by Trincadeira and finally Alicante Bouschet. Part of which is oak aged for 8 months
Paulo Laureano (one of the most highly prized Portuguese oenologists) created an elegant and well structured wine with a long persistent finish on the palate. The nose is full of dark ripe berries with spices and toasty flavours and it is beautifully presented in this attractive bottle.
Try it with game such as partridge recipes, pork medallions or other roast meats and vegetables. Works well with hearty stews too.