Region Of The Week: Bairrada

A region that has been producing wines since the 10th century, Bairrada is a flat coastal region with an Atlantic climate. It tends to be cool and humid with rainy winters and summers, while being tempered by the sea breeze. Bairrada wines stylistically fall in between the vibrant wines of Vinho Verde and the warmer wines of southern Portugal. Best known for its sparkling wines, Bairrada was the first Portuguese region to produce bubbly. They also produce fantastic red and white wines using native varietals like Baga, Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional, Fernão Pires (also known as Maria Gomes), Arinto, and Bical, as well as international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

Bairrada Wine Region Map From The Greene Grape

Niepoort Drink Me Nat Cool 2021

DrinkMe is naturally cool and funky. It represents an innovative concept initiated by Niepoort, in which various producers came together to create light and easy-to-drink wines. This 100% Baga is produced in the Bairrada region, designed to showcase a different and elegant side of the varietal, which results in beautiful aromas of strawberries, dried roses and some spice. These notes are embedded in a minerality reminiscent of the vines’ calcareous soils and unmistakable Atlantic climate. 

Quinta das Bageiras Bairrada Super Reserva Espumante 2020

This bubbly blend of 50% Maria Gomes and Bical comes from some of the best fruit on the legendary Quinta das Bageiras estate in Bairrada, a region known for its crisp, crystalline sparkling wines. Fermented in stainless steel and produced with no added sugar using traditional Methode Champenoise, the finished wine opens with bright citrus and pear notes that expand luxuriously across the palate, buoyed by freshness and hints of fresh brioche. Imagine Champagne on vacation in warm and sunny Portugal.