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, pressed and fermented in 225 liter used barrels for about 2 weeks without temperature control. The wine rests in barrel for 22 weeks after fermentation is complete. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered and has zero addition of sulfur.
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