Joao Afonso has been blessed with two amazing and fascinating careers and now his evolution from a leading ballet dancer to a top Portuguese natural garage wine producer is complete!
In 1994 after a small experience with the then young Dirk Niepoort he began his love affair with wine with minimal intervention and optimum quality.
He is a wine maker that has an obsession with wines from old vineyards, cared for with organic and sustainable awareness to achieve wines that can be classed as natural. “A wine is a natural product, we cannot pour anything into the wine that isn’t necessary”. This simple phrase of Rui Alves, known as the godfather of the Portuguese natural wine movement, ended up constituting the whole oenological orientation of João Afonso.
The Cabeças do Reguengo wine dream started exclusively from centuries-old vineyards, in biological production mode to which he added biodynamic practices that have been his mantra since the beginning of the new century.
White and red grapes from 3 centennial vineyards (about 14 varieties).
Hand-picked harvest, natural fermentation in a cement vat, red grapes were crushed and de-stemmed. Five weeks maceration. Natural fermentation & ageing for 9 months in very old oak barrels (225 litres). Malolactic done. Freshness & refinement.
Freshness, refinement and the most unique wine in our portfolio. Where red & white grapes work as a team to create our Portuguese, Alentejo mountains claret. As the name Respiro means “Breath” it suggests the brightness & refreshing mouth watering character. With a lighter colour, silky smooth tannins & almost salivating acidity. A phenomenally drinkable & savoury wine that incites you to drink more, without the weight of the alcohol. A beauty!
Drink with BBQ or grilled oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel & salmon. Intense hard cheeses & sharing boards with olives & dry meats. Paprika flavours in your dishes as well as sumac sour spice! A very versatile food friendly wine.