Moncao, Minho (Vinho Verde)

Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico

Wines

Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico (CVA) was created in 2002 by Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata. Alberto and Patrick together with their respective families have over 250 years of experience of vine growing and winemaking. Their families have been independent wine producers since the late 1800’s. The purpose of CVA is to unite this long history and heritage and to combine the vast knowledge and experience in carries.

Today CVA makes wines in several geographical locations, 18 different appellations on the Iberian Peninsula. The goal is to explore regions and to there handcraft, elaborar, wines that express their origin, respecting the terroir, place and identity from where it comes and is grown. Ever since CVA set out on this journey they have been in search of truly great vineyard sites for every given region, sites that out-perform and gives the potential of producing the best wine in that region. This work has involved identifying indigenous varieties and old vines grown organically in balanced, low-yielding, soils. The goal is always to own the vineyards they work with and the winemaking philosophy is always sensible.

CVA is today one of the main figures and one of only a handful producers, as the likes of Raúl Pérez and Envinate, taking care of the old viticultural heritage Spain and Portugal has; saving old varieties, recuperating old vineyards/regions as well as making wine based on terroir/site rather than blending them all together. These people are in the forefront of bringing Spain and Portugal into a new (or old so to speak) era of wine.

Ask anyone for the best Alvarinho in Portugal and people will point to the northwestern villages of Moncao and Melgaco, just on the border with Spain. Here CVA produce one of our favorite wines, Nortico Alvarinho which really is a superb example of the grape’s hallmark traits: fresh citrus, peach and tropical aromas paired with clean, juicy fruit and vibrant minerality. Here, on the south bank of the Minho River, farming is as it was centuries ago, with the grapes planted on granite pergolas in plots so small they are called “jardins”–or “gardens” in Portuguese. This humble yet serious wine showcases the best of northern Portugal’s commitment to artisan production in all things.

In the words of Rui Abecassis, founder of Obrigado,

“Nortico Alvarinho is one of those projects that has been in the making for quite some time. It started in my family’s small tile atelier, where I learned to love tiles. The traditional ceramic tile atelier was more a labor of passion and tenacity than business … [and] to this day, tiles are produced exactly like in the 18th century, each shaped from scratch and painted by hand. Walking the streets of Oporto or Lisboa you may encounter tiles on both modest and important buildings. Tiles are a durable building material, and an early form of storytelling and graphic design. We wanted the Nortico label to evoke those tiles to capture that spirit and Portuguese aesthetics.”