Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Luis Pato, the King of Bairrada

2020 Vinhas Velhas White + 2016 Vinhas Velhas Red
December 7, 2022


Luis Pato


The Patos have been making wine in Portugal’s coastal Bairrada since the 18th century. The property has been run with a creative and innovative spirit ever since. Today Luis Pato, a true champion of local native grape varieties, is in charge. He is particularly famous for bringing wine made with the red Baga variety to the rest of us. His farming is organic. He green-harvests to concentrate the fruit flavors from the pre-phylloxera old vines.

People call the 2016 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas the Barbaresco of Portugal. It ages well, and it is best to decant before drinking. Luis also makes an old vine maritime influenced white. The 2020 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas White is made with the local Bical, Cerceal, and Sercialinho grapes. The wine is complex and layered with great aromas and flavors.

Luis is a crazy, enthusiastic and confident gentleman. Noel Coward over Bob Dylan, he likes to conduct formal tastings wearing a tuxedo jacket and blue jeans. His wines are like that as well, as- very sophisticated as they are down to earth. They give a lot for their price and were a discovery for us. They will be for you too.


2020 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas White: Straw with green rim. Pear and white peach fruit are accented by chalk, talc, and sandy minerals. Fresh lime, honeysuckle, and tarragon notes dance around a savory dusting of minerality. Sea salt and honey accent the finish. Excellent  22.99/bottle Special case: $234 (19.50/bottle)

2016 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Red: Bright ruby. Aromas of red fruit, spice, and roses. Tense cherry fruit with mineral herbal tones, which all soften with air. Long, complex finish. Unique and ageworthy. Excellent $37/bottle Special case: $378 (31.50/bottle)


Special mixed case: Six bottles of each of the above for a special price of $306 (25.50/bottle)


Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: order@federalwine.com


           - Peter Hemenway




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