Da Cruz e Teles — COZs

  • Lisboa, Portugal
Da Cruz e Teles — COZs

Da Cruz e Teles is a partnership between two of the most brilliant vignerons/ winemakers from Portugal, Tiago Teles (Gilda, RAIZ) and Antonio Marques-da Cruz (Quinta da Serradinha).

The idea of working together started in 2015 when they approached the family of the late Jose Mendonça about working their vineyard in Figueira da Foz, a village north of Lisbon. This place was the main source of the grapes of Quinta dos Cozinheiros, the producer of a wine that became a reference point for the new generation of winemakers in Portugal, and which unfortunately came to an end with the tragic and untimely death of Mendonça. The vineyard, located just 5 miles from the Atlantic, proved ideal for the wines of Teles and Marques-da-Cruz. Its 50-year-old vines of Baga and slightly younger vines of Maria Gomes and Arinto are co-planted on clay-limestone soils and farmed organically. The proximity to the coast keeps the heat at bay and the grapes find great balance between ripeness and minerality.

Spurred by the success of their first vineyard, Tiago and Antonio purchased a 2-hectare vineyard in the Serra de Montejunto, a mountain range also in the region of Lisbon. This 35 year-old vineyard is planted on clay-limestone soils with Vital, a white varietal. Here too the farming is organic. They are not stopping here and are in the process of acquiring another vineyard in Lisbon planted with old vines of Baga.

With the introduction of the PoP labels, Tiago and Antonio are making slightly softer wines, with the reds fermenting whole cluster and shorter macerations. Tiago describes their philosophy perfectly here:

"Our objective with COZs is to make 'geographic wines' that express where they're from and age with dignity. We are not following trends, and don't want to make French, or Italian wines (however if pressed we'd say our wines are more of an Italian nature...)  That is why we don't do carbonic wines, for instance. Portugal is a beautiful country but it is not perfect. I think that showing who we are is a nice way of doing things."

BOWLER E-Zine Issue 4 | January 2022: COZs, a Partnership of Two Brilliant Portuguese Winemakers
Da Cruz e Teles - Coz
Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB5551-20
Organic
Da Cruz e Teles — COZs COZs vp-Vital (Branco)
2020
Vital
100% Vital grapes from Vinha da Pena (vp). 35 year old vines planted in the Serra de Montejunto  region of Lisbon, located ten miles from...
Portugal

DB5553-20
Organic
Da Cruz e Teles — COZs COZs - POP (Macerado)
2020
Vital
PoP is made of Vital from Serra do Montejunto, a mountain range 6 miles from the Atlantic. This vineyard sits on clay-limestone soils and...
Portugal

DB5554-20
Organic
Da Cruz e Teles — COZs COZs - POP Tinto
2020
Castelão
100% Castelão. The grapes here also come from Montejunto, north of Lisbon, and undergo a light maceration, with only three days on the...
Portugal

DB5552-17
Organic
Da Cruz e Teles — COZs COZs c2-Baga
2017
Baga
100% old-vine Baga from “Quinta das Cozinheiros,” a vineyard located five miles from the Atlantic coast in Figueira da Foz, north of Lisbon...
Portugal