TRAVESSIA - From Portuguese, meaning...
A trip across a great distance of sea or land.
“the journey of life.”
I began my journey in the world of wine as a kid living in a small
village in the Tras-Os-Montes region of Portugal. Every September I
would help my family and neighbors with the grape harvest. Wines were
made in an artisan manner to be consumed by family and friends. Grape
stomping with one’s feet was not a romantic or cool way to crush
grapes, it was the only way.
Fast forward... now living in the United States, I remained connected
to the world of winemaking thanks to my uncle Octavio who had emigrated
from Portugal in the early 80s and who has been a home winemaker all
his life. Eventually I became more and more intrigued about
winemaking. So I took a dive into the world of wine and winemaking.
In March of 2007 I was invited by the owners of Running Brook
Vineyards to help them with their winemaking. By this time I had
already developed a passion for winemaking.
Owner and Winemaker
my winemaking knowledge comes from hands on experience. I have no
official training in enology. Though there are some basic winemaking
techniques which are fundamental to producing quality wines, I enjoy
the freedom to experiment outside of pre-conceived formulas and methods.
In a very short period of time I've learned that winemaking presents
tremendous risks and enormous challenges. It's farming, it's
chemistry, it's marketing, it's sales... And I've only scratched the
surface. But the world of wine and winemaking is also extremely
exciting and rewarding in its own unique way.
On December 14th 2008, I opened Travessia winery to the public.
We are located in the urban setting of downtown New Bedford,
the near future I hope to purchase agricultural land in the
Southeastern New England area where I can plant my own vineyard.
Great wines always start being made in the vineyard, not in the
winery. In fact, a vineyard is what makes a wine truly unique. So
it’s naturally my goal to be able to plant and manage the vineyard
where I grow my own grapes.