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WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2018
Revista de Vinhos, 2018

SINGULARITY AWARD 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas, 2018
WINEMAKER GENERARION XXI
Paixão Pelo Vinho Magazine, 2017

REVELATION PRODUCER 2016
Wine Magazine, 2017

PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2015
100 Biggest Companies from Azores, 2016

ABOUT

António Maçanita

Non-conformist, disruptive, difficult, audacious, restless and hot-tempered, these are some of the unconventional adjectives used to describe both António Maçanita, an oenologist and consultant, and the wines he produces. Now 39, Maçanita entered the world of wine in 2000 in the Azores, but it was only in 2004, at the age of 23, that he produced his first vintage. In these 15 years, he has revived abandoned grape varieties, such as Negra Mole in the Algarve and Terrantez do Pico in the Azores.

Where others are dismissive, António sees a challenge. Take the example of Branco de Tintas, the first wine he bottled in Portugal and an Alentejan protest wine developed in 2008 when CVRA decided to allow the purchase of white grapes from outside the region. Another momentous creation was Branco de Talha, in 2010, also the first of its kind in Portugal, which revived a Roman winemaking tradition and produced a subsequent renaissance. However, his revolutionary contribution is probably most visible in the Azores - Azorean grapes are today the most expensive in Portugal - where a battle is being waged today to legalise the use of aromatic vines, “beautiful vines, some over 150 years old”, as Maçanita, visibly proud and enthusiastic, describes them.

In 2018, António Maçanita won Revista dos Vinhos “Winemaker of the Year” award and Revista Grandes Escolhas “Outstanding Contribution Award 2018”. But even his very first wine - PRETA 2004 - was a prize-winner, earning the “Trophy Alentejo” at the International Wine Challenge. In 2016, he also won the magazine Paixão do Vinho’s 10th-anniversary (2006-2016) “Generation 21 Oenologist Trophy”. In the same year, Revista Wine voted Azores Wine Company “Best New Producer”. In 2016, the Azores Wine Company and its three shareholders won the “Project of the Year” and “Entrepreneurs of the Year” awards by 100 Maiores Empresas dos Açores, a magazine produced by Açoriano Oriental – the oldest daily newspaper in Portugal.

Two years later, the Revista de Vinhos voted Vinha Centenária, by the Azores Wine Company, one of the “Best Portuguese Wines 2018”. Every wine produced by António Maçanita, whether in the Alentejo, Douro or Azores, frequently wins over 90 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the world’s most important wine classification. António Maçanita produces wines in five different regions, has created three wholly-owned production projects, supports 12 producers through his consulting firm and puts, anually, 50 signature wines on the market.


WINES AND WINERIES

Here and Overseas

António Maçanita started his wine production in the Alentejo, his mother’s homeplace, with FitaPreta Vinhos and Sexy Wines, before heading to the Azores, his father’s homeland in Pico, where he founded the Azores Wine Company. There, he dedicates to the recovery of autochthonous wine grape varieties in risk of extinction. Driven by the challenge itself , leaves to the Douro to start a “four hand” project with his sister Joana, also winemaker, and so Maçanita Vinhos - Irmãos e Enólogos was born. All his projects are the result of challenges, partnerships motivated by friendship and complicity of those who share the same mindset and passion for wine. All devotion, dedication to the terroirs and sustainable local development leads to the creation of special and unique wines, produced in small series, which can be distinguished by their quality, and Antonio´s care given and an almost alchemical originality when creating new blends. His love for challenges and his distinctive irreverence paired with his willingness to innovate generates new projects that quickly become a great successful adventure.

Azores

The Azores Wine Company was founded on April 3rd, 2014, by the partners António Maçanita (...)
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Douro

Leading this project are the two brothers and enologists Joana and António Maçanita (...)
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Alentejo

Portuguese winemaker António Maçanita and resident English viticulture consultant (...)
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Art and Wine

Unique wines, blends that combine grape varieties appreciated worldwide (...)

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CONSULTANCY

Wine ID

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Company created in 2006 by 3 winemakers, António Maçanita, Cláudia Favinha and Joana Maçanita is known in the market for its scientific approach to oenology, winemaking and vinification. They are also known (...)

AWARDS AND RATINGS

Fitapreta

94+/100
colheita 2015
Wine Advocate

Preta Cuvée
TINTO

18/20
colheita 2017
Revista Grandes Escolhas

93/100
colheita 2017
Wine Advocate

Palpite
TINTO

18/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

90/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Palpite
BRANCO

16,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

89/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Fitapreta
TINTO

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

Fitapreta
BRANCO

16,5/20
Revista de Vinhos

Rosé da Fitapreta
ROSÉ

Fitapreta - Signature Series

17,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

90/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Branco de Talha
BRANCO

18/20
colheita 2017
Revista Grandes Escolhas

O Tinto do Pote de Barro TINTO

17,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

90/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Branco de Indigenas
BRANCO

17,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

91+/100
colheita 2015
Wine Advocate

Tinto Castelão
TINTO

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

92/100
colheita 2015
Wine Advocate

Baga ao Sol
TINTO

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

Baga a ½ Sol
TINTO

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

A Touriga vai Nua
TINTO

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

O Alfrocheiro tb quer estar nu TINTO

17,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

A Trincadeira não é tão preta TINTO

92/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Fina Flor
TINTO

Fitapreta – Chão dos Eremitas

17/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

Trincadeira-das-Pratas
BRANCO

18/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

Alicante Branco
BRANCO

18,5/20
colheita 2018
Revista Grandes Escolhas

Tinta Carvalha
TINTO

Azores Wine Company

19/20
colheita 2016
Revista Evasões

Vinha Centenária
BRANCO

92/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Arinto dos Açores
BRANCO

93+/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Arinto dos Açores
Sur Lies BRANCO

91/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Verdelho o Original
BRANCO

92/100
colheita 2013
Wine Advocate

Terrantez do Pico
BRANCO

“3º Melhor vinho tinto de Portugal 2018”
Revista de Vinhos

18,5/20
colheita 2015
Revista Evasões

Sabor(z)inho
TINTO

16,5/20
Revista de Vinhos

A Proibida
TINTO

Maçanita

90/100
colheita 2017
Wine Advocate

Maçanita
BRANCO

88+/100
colheita 2018

90/100
colheita 2017
Wine Advocate

Maçanita
TINTO

90/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Touriga Nacional
em Rosé ROSÉ

92/100
colheita 2015
Wine Advocate

As Olgas
BRANCO

90+/100
colheita 2017
Wine Advocate

As Olgas
TINTO

91/100
colheita 2018
Wine Advocate

Gouveio by Joaninha
BRANCO

93/100
colheita 2017

94/100
colheita 2016
Wine Advocate

Quanto + Arinto +
Gosto de Ti BRANCO

93/100
colheita 2017
Wine Advocate

Canivéis
BRANCO

91/100
colheita 2016
Wine Advocate

Touriga Nacional Cima
Corgo TINTO

93/100
colheita 2015
Wine Advocate

Touriga Nacional
Douro Superior TINTO

90/100
colheita 2016
Wine Advocate

É Sousão ou será Vinhão TINTO

Sexy Wines

18/20
Revista Paixão Pelo Vinho

90/100
colheita 2014
Wine Advocate

Sexy Cuvée
TINTO

 
 

16,5/20
Revista de Vinhos

Sexy Rosé
ESPUMANTE BRUT

Grande Medaille d´Or
2017, Concours Mondial Bruxelles

Sexy Tinto
TINTO