Our focus is on the production of Talha wines following traditional methods. The wines we launch depend on what the vineyards offer us annually and will vary according to what we can best extract from them.
As is the tradition in Vila Alva, the containers used for wine making are the Talhas, descended from the large Roman vessels, with capacities that vary between 300 and 1300 liters. In our cellar we have 26 Talhas: 22 are made of clay, some dating from the 19th century, and 4 are made of reinforced cement.
This range represents new Talha wines that are drunk in local 'Adegas'. The wine is removed from the pots just after S. Martin's day (11 November) and is bottled right afterwards (they have about 2.5 months of skin contact). These are light and fresh wines but with all the character of Talha wine.
For this range, in St. Martin's day the best Talhas are chosen and the wine remains in these until February / March of the following year, leaving about 5 to 6 months of skin contact, and only then bottled. These are wines with complexity and very gastronomic.
Mestre Daniel - Single Talha
These are single vineyard wines made from the best grapes from the oldest vineyards and vinified in a single Talha. These are exclusive wines being produced at a maximum of 1000 bottles per year and only in years when the quality justifies it. As in the Mestre Daniel range, these have 5 to 6 months of skin contact. They are also complex and gastronomic wines but with a more refined character than the normal range.