Aleš Svatoš is a 61-year-old laboratory scientist and chemist turned natural winemaker. He founded the Porta Bohemica winery in 2010, after many years of planning and studying on how to make natural wine. The vineyards are located in northern Bohemia, very close to Germany where Aleš works as a chemist, and their most important grape variety is Muller Thurgau. Wine grapes have been cultivated in this historic area since the 1th century. Velké Žernoseky is the appellation here, which has steep hills above the Elbe river.
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed, and ferment with indigenous yeast in 2000-liter open topped stainless steel tanks. The wine remains in contact with the skins for 2 days, and is then pressed and racked and remains in the stainless steel tanks for about 10 months of elevage on the lees. The wine is bottled without filtration or clarification, with an addition of a minimal dose of sulfur.
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