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João Pato (aka Duckman)

The Duckman wines express the true character of Bairrada’s indigenous varietals and its exceptional maritime influence. There are no indications of the region on the labels, done intentionally to demonstrate an acute sense of place and varietal typicity through minimal intervention in the cellar.  Maria Pato, the daughter of Luis Pato, created this project because of her love of the region and varietals, so much so that she felt constrained by the standards of Bairrada wine making. For both of them only the indigenous varietals can be Bairrada wine, not imports that want to claim it as their own identity. Luis and Maria work from two main vineyards, Amoreira da Gândara which is composed of mostly sandy soils, and Óis do Bairro which is composed of mostly chalky-clay soils. Here they grow both red and white varietals: Baga, Bical, Cercial, and Fernão Pires (a.k.a. Maria Gomes).

Location - Amoreira da Gândara, Bairrada

Winemaker - Maria Pato

Farming - Practicing Organic

Size - 6 Hectares

João Pato (aka Duckman)
Wines in our Portfolio


Vinho Branco

  • Varietal: 85% Bical, 15% Fernão Pires

  • Appellation: Bairrada

  • Soil Type: the vines are planted on 2.8 hectares of sandy soils called Amoreira da Gândara

  • Vine Age: 2o year old vines

  • Harvest: Hand harvested in early September

  • Winemaking: de-stemmed and spends a short time on skins before spontaneous fermentation begins partially in stainless steel with temperature control, which lasts three weeks. Aged three months in stainless steel. Not fined or filtered.


"Quaaaq Quaaaq"

  • Varietal: 25% Bical, 25% Cercial, 25% Fernão Pires, 25% Sercial

  • Appellation: Bairrada

  • Soil Type: Chalky-clay and sandy soils 

  • Vine Age: 20 year old vines

  • Harvsest: Hand-harvested between early and mid september

  • Winemaking: de-stemmed with spontaneous fermentation in chestnut and French oak with ambient yeasts lasting three weeks with temperature control. The wine spends six months on lees with stirring and aged casks (50%) and stainless steel (50%) for six months. Unfined and unfiltered.

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