VADIO is located at the Poutena village in the BAIRRADA region. It is a small family project founded in 2005 by the winemaker Luís Patrão that has as an essential element the recovery of BAIRRADA’s traditional grape varieties and the production of authentic DOC BAIRRADA wines. We have three small and very distinct vineyards and an old warehouse that we have adapted in a very simple manner for the production of wine. Our wines present a very classic style that intends to respect the authenticity of the region and its character.
Located in the coast of central Portugal, around 200km north of Lisbon, Bairrada is characterised by a great plateau of soft hills and numerous valleys. It is bounded on the north by the river Vouga, on the south by the river Mondego, on the east by the Caramulo-Bussaco and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The typical atlantic climate due to its proximity of the sea, together with the clay-limestone soils and native grape varieties have always contributed to the uniqueness of BAIRRADA’s wines. The region has 7,000 hectares of vineyards, with the average size of plots being 0,2 hecteres. It is known for its red wines from baga with great ageing potential, for the freshness of its whites and character of its sparkling wines.
Baga is the predominant red grape in Bairrada. It is a late ripening, vigorous variety of very small berries. In clay and limestone soils with good sunlight exposure, Baga can mature well and produce wines of delicate color, that can age for a very long time in bottle.
Vadio is a project from the couple Luís Patrão and Eduarda Dias. Born in Bairrada, Luís divides his time between Vadio and Alentejo, where he worked for 13 years at Herdade do Esporão, and is currently the winemaking director at Herdade de Coelheiros. Eduarda, a Brazilian from Pernambuco and granddaughter of a Portuguese from Dão, has lived in Portugal for 11 years and runs the daily life of the small family business. Luis’s father, Mr. Dinis Patrão, is at the forefront of the viticulture. Having in the past sold agricultural products to small producers, he is today the biggest enthusiast of organic farming. The vineyard is his garden, he says: “if I do not visit the vineyard for one day, it is not a good day.” The family also has the support of viticulturist Hugo Melo, Luis’ friend from highschool, who works full time at Luís Pato, Filipe Abreu and of Dona Lurdes Silva, who perform with mastery the works of the vineyard and the cellar.