Márcio’s wines are distinctly fresh and vibrant. He embraces low intervention winemaking, fermenting fruit in small stainless-steel tanks using natural yeasts, in order to make wines with balance that reflect his terroir. His Alvariñho is fragrant and refreshing with crisp orchard fruit, jasmine and lemon verbena aromas. The palate is fleshy and pure, with crisp acidity and balanced texture – the ideal match for seafood and creamy sauces.
Márcio Lopes studied as an engineer, but cut his winemaking teeth working for two years with Vinho Verde master Anselmo Mendes in Melgaço. He then travelled to Australia where he made wine in Rutherglen and Tasmania, another cool-climate region, returning to Portugal in 2010 to start his own projects. He initially started working with Alvarinho and Trajadura (known as Albariño and Treixadura in Spain) from the sub-regions of Monção and Melgaço. These areas have a very particular microclimate, with slightly less Atlantic influence than the rest of the region - winters are cold with moderate rainfall and summers are hot and dry.
During 2016 he also started to grow and vinify local varietals Loureiro, from Ponte de Lima, and Avesso from Amarante. His winemaking is hand-off, he believes that if the fruit is good enough he will make balanced, quality wines that reflect his terroir. This seems to be working - his wines are distinctively fresh and vibrant, showing bright and clear typical variety aromas.