From the 2019 harvest, we selected a small batch of grapes from one of our lowest-lying plots that we fermented and aged in our oldest oak barrels. The wine stayed on the lies until January 2021, followed by racking and bottling without filtration, respecting the dates established in the lunar calendar. Instead of adding sulphites to stabilise the wine, we used grounds of dried chestnut flowers harvested from our own trees. These have naturally high anti-oxidant and fungicidal properties. Only 850 bottles were made.
Covela Avesso Natur
COVELA Avesso Natur is our first wine not only to be certified as organic but also bottled without the addition of sulphites. Underlining our continuing commitment to innovation and sustainability, and to taking the Avesso grape, native to Covela’s granitic soils overlooking the Douro River, to new heights of excellence, we replaced the SO2 normally used for stabilization with dried chestnut blossom (Castanea sativa Mill.) picked from our own chestnut trees and prepared by hand by our vineyard and cellar teams.