Tiago Sampaio established his label in 2007, having completed his PhD in Oregon. Falling for Pinot Noir stateside, he planted it in the Douro in 2001, where his enjoyment of the Burgundian grape’s delicacy and freshness has heavily influenced his style. Happily, his family owned vineyards around Favaois, whose elevated climes are famous for producing white wines - aromatic Moscatels, traditionally fortified for DOC Moscatel do Douro production. Tiago cultivates vineyards between 500-700m – a mix of inherited old field blend vineyards and new plantings, where the boundary pusher has planted Alvarinho and Tinta Francisca. He also consults at Aphros, the leading biodynamic Vinho Verde producer. Tiago is a staunch advocate for sustainable viticulture and the production of natural wines in the Douro. He is something of a Pet Nat expert!