The first Little Odisseia wines were produced in 2004. Jean-Hugues Gros has been working in the Douro region since 1999.
He has found in the Douro region an environment that allows the development of a wide variety of elegant and versatile terroir wines.
After obtaining his degree in oenology and several internships in Burgundy in 1992, Jean-Hugues Gros had the unique opportunity to work for Sandeman in Porto for 16 months. Here he discovered the charming Douro region and its wines.
Further experiences in California and Champagne led him to definitively work for Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águiasa in 1999. This is a small estate that produces port wines. Located on the river Távora, close to Tabuaço. Currently Jean-Hugues is a wine producer and oenologist-consultant for several wine estates in the Douro region.
The vineyards of the Douro region form one of the most awe-inspiring cultural landscapes in the world. The Douro's terroir is a unique combination of soil, topography, climate and grape varieties that cannot be reproduced anywhere else.
The many valleys and the different altitudes, from Mesão Frio to the Spanish border, as well as the diversity of the grape varieties and the different exposure to the sun, allow the harvesting of grapes with unique characteristics.
The slate soil, a metamorphic rock of the slate type, is rich in nutrients and has excellent water retention. This allows the vine to develop in the dry conditions that prevail all year round. The roots reach metres deep in their search for water, contributing to the complexity and intensity of the wines.
The proximity of the river ensures concentration. The altitude of the vineyards ensures freshness in the grapes. Each variety delivers its own characteristics and the old vines enrich the wines.
These characteristics combine to make very balanced, distinctive and unique wines.
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