Ramilo Family Wines are a fourth generation producer who, now under the direction of brothers Nuno and Pedro Ramilo, have transitioned from a simple grape grower to an estate wine producer. They have planted several vineyards in the Lizandro Valley, North of Lisbon, with local clones of indigenous varieties such as Castelão and Vital. They're producing wonderful, fresh wines from these low-yielding vines on clay-limestone soils, with a definite Atlantic influence.
Ramilo also have vineyards in the DOC region of Colares, of Ramisco and Malvasia, both planted on the sandy cliff-tops. They are the only private estate producer to vinify and bottle their own Colares wines 'in house', rather than having them made by the local co-op, as is traditionally the obligation.
A great example of expressing terroir and blending knowledge at play here. Enabled by wild fermentation and a hands-off approach to winemaking.
It might not be a blend you'd normally find in Lisboa, but here the Arinto brings acidity, structure, and citrus vitality, while the Viosinho and Alvarinho bring body, riper fruit, and aromatic elegance. The limestone soils bring minerality in the form of flintiness and a grassy, herbaceous note. The vineyards' proximity to the Atlantic influences the local climate and leaves the wine with a slightly savoury salinity and pithiness to the finish, which balances things and makes it very food friendly.
Floral and fruity aroma, with light citrus. In the mouth, it is fresh and mineral, with refreshing acidity.