Rodrigo Filipe and his family run this five hectare vineyard in Óbidos, about 45 minutes north of Lisbon. Here there are cooling sea breezes and high humidity. This is in contrast to most of Portugal’s wine growing regions, which generally have a wide range of temperatures. This cooler microclimate has been a major influence on Rodrigo’s winemaking, allowing him to develop his audacious wines with traditional and less intrusive methods. With a temperature that can be 20 degrees cooler than Lisbon in summer, his grapes enjoy a longer maturing period and have a freshness to their taste.
The vineyards lie 150m above sea level, close to the protected Serra de Montejunto natural park and only 20km from the Atlantic Ocean. Most cultivated grapes are traditional Portuguese varieties such as Arinto, Fernão Pires, Vital (for whites) and Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca for reds, along with a small percentage of Syrah, all ranging from 25 to 13 years of age.