João Camizão and Leila Rocha created this project with the first vintage in 2012, with a mix of old and new vines belonging to Camizão’s family.
The aim is to produce high quality dry Vinho Verde, which is “without equal” as their name translates. To that end, the Vinho Verde wines are always dry and not fizzy – making a clear point of difference with most mass-produced Vinho Verde.
The focus at this estate is on two grape varieties: Arinto and Azal. However, in 2016 João additionally planted a hectare of red varieties including Touriga Nacional and Baga. These make, among other things, a really sensational Pet Nat which is crisp, nutty and complex – more like a traditional method sparkler than a typical Pet Nat, in my opinion.
The wines from Sem Igual show generous fruit character, and always feel clean, refreshing and true to their region’s origins. Their “Ramadas”, produced from a 70 year old pergola-trained vineyard, is particularly recommended for its complexity and more full-bodied texture.