Octagono Vino Blanco
Regular price $29.00
Winemaker: Marcelo Castro Vela
Appellation: Guanajuato, México
Grape Varieties: Macabeo, Sauvignon Blanc
We make wine for pleasure, to experiment, to have fun. This results in a product that breaks rules and pushes the boundaries of convention. Steered by empirical method and eschewing rigid controls of traditional winemaking, we preserve the integrity of every process. We make it the old way, guided by intuition and taste. This wine breaks paradigms, does not people-please, and is honest in its expression - the same qualities that we appreciate in people.
Our goal is to let the grape express itself with no human interpretation. We use four basic processes executed with zero technological intervention - pressed by foot, inviting wild fermentation with no industrial yeast or sugars added, macerated in buried clay vessels and hand pressed with rustic utensils.
Our wine is fermented for up to 9 months in buried clay pots molded by local San Felipe and Dolores Hidalgo artisans. The process of sourcing these vessels brought about the revival of ancestral methods of making pottery - a tradition almost lost in time in a compromise for a quicker way of making pottery that satisfies mass demand. We have tried to recreate the classic Georgian kvevri form, and ended up with a hybrid that has a particular Mexican imprint. We are happy with how our clay pots turned out, it is our belief they’re the reason our wines have a very particular character, unique to our winery. It is our hope that as natural winemaking gradually picks up in Mexico more winemakers turn to local artisans to source their anforas, instead of turning to foreign experts, thereby boosting local economies and breathing new life into this millenarian art form.
Octagono is rebellious by nature, we make a point to conquer the fear and defy comfort zones. We love the grape growers we work with as they, to a certain extent, mirror this quality to us by insisting to grow their grapes naturally, sometimes choosing unpopular varieties that we so enjoy working with - like Rosa del Peru. We don’t shy away from experimenting with table grapes, like Red Globe, which surprised us with its unexpected joyous temperament. We live for these experiences that fire us up even more to keep on innovating and pushing boundaries.