Passarella is an award-winning gem of a winery located in the most ancient quality producing region of Portugal, the Dão The Casa was founded even before the region acquired its DOC status, way back in 1892 and boasting a rich history. The flagship wine, Villa Oliviera, is named after the man who founded the estate almost 150 years ago. Portugal-born Amand d’Oliveira made his fortune in Brazil and returned to his homeland where he lived out his dream, by building a huge Brazilian style house and planting up 200 hectares of vines. Its birth may have been illustrious but, when current owner Ricardo Cabral acquired it in 2007, the winery was in ruins. Cabral proceeded to rebuild the winery and the vineyard, and was lucky to take on winemaker Paulo Nunes in 2009. Paulo saw opportunity in the location of the vineyard, where the Serra d’Estrela’s higher altitude (400-600m) results in 20 days longer hang times, great for tannin ripeness with more acidity and freshness, giving the wines a unique sense of place. The first brand by Casa da Passarella, Villa Oliveira, was originally born more than 100 ago. To pay a faithful homage to our history, we have decided to produce these extremely limited editions.
Fermented in open lagars, this wine has a dense, almost dry and beautifully sculpted character. It’s a solid, dark as well as juicy wine that’s super-ripe yet kept in check by the powerful tannins.