The Bairrada Region
Bairrada is a Portuguese region of small dimension and great personality.
Records indicate that wine has been produced in the region since the 10th century. The Bairrada Viticulture and Pomology Practical School was founded in 1867, today Bairrada Vitivinicola Station, with the aim of improving wine cultivation and production techniques and demonstrating the region's excellence. The first practical result of the school was the creation of sparkling wine around 1890.And it was with the sparkling wines that the region first conquered the world. Fruity, with a mineral touch and good structure, these quickly became a reference and, to this day, make Bairrada one of the largest sparkling wine producing regions in Portugal.
Over time, the red creations gained space and notoriety, largely because of what the producers have been doing with Baga, an indigenous variety in the region.
The soils are divided into chalky-clay, clay-sandy and sandy soils, depending on the predominance of each element in the soil. For vine growing, “the typical Bairrada soil” is a combination of clay and limestone, deep and fertile, with a high water retention capacity.
Typically Atlantic with mild, rainy winters and summers softened by winds from the sea. It benefits from a great thermal amplitude at the time of ripening of the grapes. The variation can reach 20ºC of difference between day and night.
"The unique characteristics of the region in terms of its terroir and autochthonous grape varieties have made Bairrada wines singular and unique in the world. Wines with a strong personality and genuine flavor"