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Tubarão

Based in the north of Portugal, Minho, the Tubarao project attempts to recover the past tradition of producing fresh wines, with good acidity and low alcohol. The profile of all wines is classic and produced using artisanal methods, with respect for culture and sustainability.

The masseiras or masseira fields are a unique form of agriculture in the world, existing in the parishes of Estela, Navais and Aguçadoura in Póvoa de Varzim and in the neighboring parishes of Apúlia and Fão in Esposende. This form of agriculture consists of making a large rectangular pit in the dunes. In the corners of the pit known as ‘valos’, vines are grown, in order to protect the central area from the winds. In the central area, there is fresh water, not salty as we might suppose, and everything can be grown, but large amounts of water and seaweed are needed (to fertilize the soil) so that what is grown sprouts. With this pit only a few meters deep, a thermal increase is achieved, which, together with the ‘valleys’ and the vineyards that protect the field from the winds, make the mixers work as a kind of greenhouse. These ‘valleys’ are built with the sand removed from the land, which was too much, having functions, such as creating a microclimate and also to seal the land. It cannot be forgotten that the construction of the mixers was manual, with no machines or transports capable of transporting the surplus sand to other places, remaining at the edges of the land, forming the ‘valleys’. This type of agriculture was invented in the 18th century by Benedictine monks from Tibães Abbey.

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