Portuguese Boutique Winery (Boina)
“Deliciously drinkable with a clear sense of place – mission accom-plished.” Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, on the 2015 Red
A very exciting new name on the dynamic Portuguese wine scene, Portuguese Boutique Winery is winemaker Nuno Aguiar de Morais Vaz and António Olazabal Ferreira (nephew of Vito Olazabal from Quinta do Vale Meão). They are making handcrafted terroir table wines from special old-vine plots at an altitude above 500m in the Douro. Having launched in 2017 with one unoaked red and one unoaked white, they have since added a centenarian vine rosé (very small quantities) and two additional reds. Terroir, varietal expression and the vintage year are the driving forces for Nuno (who used to work leading Portuguese producer Anselmo Mendes) and Antonio. Particularly exciting are their 2017 reds, with grapes coming from a variety of plots at different altitudes, some from century-old vines and showcasing varieties that are vanishingly rare (eg, Tourigão, Gouveio-Preto, Tinta Carvalha, Alvarelhão).