Filipa Pato: Making Both Fun and Serious Wines in Beiras

Filipa Pato is a young lady who is passionate about making wie. She also makes some of the most interesting wines in Portugal’s Beiras region. Earlier this week she showed us some of her wines at her father Luis Pato’s winery in Beiras. She’s pictured here with Don. Her Vinhos Doidos [crazy wines] called Bossa Branco and Nossa Branco are fun, white wines targeted at a youthful clientele. Her Lokal Silex, on the other hand, is a serious red wine of impressive weight and meaty flavors. She also makes sparkling wines using the methode champenoise; her Filipa Pato 3B Brut Nature is especially successful.

Like her famous father, Filipa makes many of her wines from the grapes indigenous to Beiras. These include white varietals like Bical and Maria Gomes and red varietals like Baga and Alfrocheiro. [We’ll say more about these grapes and Filipa’s wines in our forthcoming report on Portugal.] Filipa has made wine around the world, in Argentina, Bordeaux, and Australia. Perhaps it’s her New World experience that’s showing in her relaxed and fun approach to making wine.

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