João Tavares Wines

Region Dão, Portugal

Winemaker João Tavares de Pina

João is a passionate and opinionated guy who makes unbelievable wine. He believes that to be truly organic means to do as little as possible in the vineyard and winery. If you visit the vineyards you will see João’s commitment to nature everywhere. Wildflowers act as natural protectants to the vines because of the antiseptic properties of the pollen. João’s favorite wildflowers are two kinds of chamomile that grow rampant throughout his vineyards. The terroir (earth the vines grow in and around) is full of granite. When you walk around you see the components of granite everywhere: quartz, mica and feldspar. The winery is covered in photovoltaic cells; making us a net exporter of electricity we could promote our wines as carbon neutral.

Philosophy: Boavista is an anomaly in the Dão. The region has undergone some changes since 1986, before then producers could only sell to co-ops here, but the region is still 85% co-op wine. Boavista is pushing the frontiers of natural winemaking recovering lost native grape varieties to the vineyards through their nursery project, where there is some more grape varieties than those who are planted in the vines: Red varieties - Camarate, Castelão, Cidreiro, Coração de Galo, Cornifesto, Marufo, Monvedro, Malvasia Preta, Pilongo, Tinta Carvalha, Tinto Cão, Touriga Fêmea , Trincadeira and Whites varieties - Alicante Branco, Arinto do Douro, Assaraky, Arinto Gordo, Branda, Douradinha, Fernão pires, Moscatel galego, Malvasia Rei, Rabo de Ovelha, Tamarez, Terrantez. João believes that the most important component of his winemaking is the fact that he lives in the middle of his vineyards. Natural yield, manual harvest and blending in vines. In the cellar, he is a strict non-interventionist; native yeasts for spontaneous coo fermentations, low sulphur and no more chemicals in cellar, no new wood, no fining, filtering, not even temperature control on his reds. He ages his wines in chestnut, 1300/1800l, until he feels they are perfectly ready for release, a luxury not enjoyed by many corners of the wine world. The vineyard is not tilled, so as to not disturb the biodiversity underneath, and utilizes native flowers and herbs as natural repellents to fungus, mold, and other diseases. The cover crop includes, but is not limited to, chamomile, clover, and serradella. At the end of each row are indigenous lavender signaling any oncoming disease. The vineyards themselves are surrounded by oak, pine, and eucalyptus. Lots of species of birds, bees, ladybirds, ants, and earthworms populate the ecosystem of the vineyard. The winery is also covered in photovoltaic cells; making the Quinta self-sufficient for energy as well as being a net exporter of electricity. Overall, the winery is carbon neutral.


Winery Data

Vineyard Size13 Hectares

Total Winery Production3333 cases


CertificationNone- by choice of winery

Grapes Planted (Red)Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Rufete, Malvasia Roxa

Grapes Planted (White)Encruzado, Jampal, Malvasia Fina, Cerceal, Bical, Arinto, Gouveio, Codega do Lourinho, Others

Something RandomJoão is a baller chef!

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