The Fitapreta team started with Portuguese winemaker António Maçanita and English consultant and viticulturist David Booth, who met at the beginning of 2004. Over a few months, António started to learn viticulture with David and a great friendship eventually developed. The next step was to create a wine together, which gave rise to Fitapreta. Today, the Fitapreta team is led by winemakers António Maçanita and Sandra Sárria.
António Maçanita made a mistake when he applied to university and was placed on the Agronomy course, and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Oenology. He tried to recover a vineyard in the Azores in 2000, but a storm destroyed it and he went on some training courses around the world, in the United States, Australia and France.
António Maçanita's first own wine production project was in the Alentejo in 2004, when he created Fitapreta Vinhos with winemaker David Booth, a consultant and friend who embarked on this adventure with António.
Already revealing his taste for challenges and his irreverence, António Maçanita launched Preta, his first wine, with David Booth, a success which was only the beginning of his "journey" through the region. An admirer of the history of regions and of blending past and present in a bottle of wine, António pioneered the production of white wine with red grapes in 2008 in the Alentejo and also triggered the production of amphora wine in Portugal in 2010 with the launch of his Branco de Talha. All under the aegis of Fitapreta, the first of four companies created over the years in response to challenges it has encountered.
It was finally in 2016 that Fitapreta moved to the Paço do Morgado de Oliveira. The recovery of this 14th century palace with an undeniable historical value started. Recovering another Alentejo that has been lost to history, António Maçanita launched wines in 2018 from the Chão dos Eremitas vineyard, with old Alentejo grape varieties.
At Fitapreta Vinhos, António continues to reclaim history and shake up the status quo, with his inquisitive, restless and provocative nature.
Sandra Sárria studied at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, where she graduated in Oenology and was awarded the prize "Best Young Oenologist" by the same Institute in 2007 for her final course work Comparação de Métodos de Extracção de Compostos Fenólicos (Comparison of Methods for Extraction of Phenolic Compounds). Sandra Sárria trained at the José Maria da Fonseca winery, one of the biggest wine companies in Portugal and travelled to Chile in 2007 to learn more at the prestigious Viñas Casas Del Bosque winery in Casablanca.
The winemaker joined a wine consultancy client Wine ID in 2008, where she met António Maçanita. Later, she was invited to join the commercial department of Fitapreta Vinhos.
Sandra Sárria saw Fitapreta Vinhos grow from a very young age and supported António Maçanita and David Booth, taking on commercial, managerial, administrative and accounting roles, with a problem-solving spirit and the ability to adapt to any area.
In 2015, she was invited to be António Maçanita's partner and to embrace the Fitapreta Vinhos project as her own. Sandra Sárria is currently Production Director at Fitapreta Winery, and is responsible for the production and maintenance of the spaces, and in charge of a permanent team of 19 people. She is a very focused person with very clear objectives. Everything she does in life, she does with great passion and always with a big smile!
"David Booth was a soldier, he was in the cavalry, he was in the infantry, he was dedicated to wildlife protection and demining. He was in love, a father, a friend, an early riser, a man of nature, of simple things, he was pure life. David Booth was also a vineyard man and our gardener. Above all, he was our friend." Your Team.
Born in England, David Jeremy Booth was an Army officer for seven years, rising to the rank of Captain of the Green Jackets. He then studied Agriculture and Management at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester, participated in demining in Mozambique and wildlife protection in Kenya. He studied viticulture at UC Davis in California, and became a disciple of Richard Smart in Portugal, where he introduced new trellising systems and brought a deep knowledge of viticulture that enabled him to convey complex concepts in a very simple way.
David Booth has also been a vineyard consultant for various producers such as:
As a guest speaker, David has taught on the MBA course at his former school, the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.
In 2004, he founded, together with António Maçanita, the Fitapreta project, to which he gave priority in his already busy professional life.
"We, his friends and battle companions, miss his constant and contagious smile, his eternal optimism, his willingness to help, his ability to listen and his enjoyment of the simple things in life: fresh air, nature, time with his children and loved ones, a pure life. We are sure that we will always honour and remembering him, working harder and harder, but with the same free and fresh spirit that he always transmitted."
The winemaking team, based at the Fitapreta winery, in Paço do Morgado de Oliveira, in the district of Évora, consists of António Maçanita, Sandra Sárria, Andrés Herrera, Leonor Frazão and three other young and dynamic winemakers with experience in Portugal and abroad. This is also where a team dedicated to managing the warehouse and orders is based, as well as employees focused on the daily maintenance and building work on the estate.
Alongside the winemakers, Alexandra Leroy Maçanita coordinate the wine tourism and events team.
On the other side of the Tejo, based in the charming Tapada da Ajuda, in Lisbon, our sales team, coordinated by David Marques, is directly supported in logistics by Mara Mendes, in management by Sara Horta and in Human Resources and Accounting by Mariana Minhoto.