Located in north-central Portugal, between the Dão and the Atlantic coast, Bairrada was first recognized as a DOC in 1980, but vineyards have been planted in the area since at least the 10th century. Today it's known for crystalline sparkling whites and bold, structured reds. Quinta das Bágeiras is a family estate that spans four generations.
Mario Sergio Alves Nuno, the current head of the winery, works alongside his son Frederico making classic wines that use traditional winery practices. The red wines are made almost exclusively with the Baga grape variety and continue to be produced in open fermentation tanks (lagares) and aged in wooden barrels steeped in wine, rather than the more modern styles of using stainless steel. Even the white wines eschew contemporary practices as they are decanted into a series of small open fermentation tanks before blending and bottling. Wines from Quinta das Bágeiras are known to be amongst the best in Bairrada and Portugal – terroir wines that are full of character with a unique identity and great aging potential.