Producing and commercialising a special range of wines with great distinctiveness often requires a preparedness to lay aside the conventional methods and accepted conventions of viticulture, winemaking and marketing. FITA PRETA VINHOS is a modern story of how two young enterprising wine industry specialists combined their specialist talents for grape growing and winemaking with a natural flair for presenting wines that immediately appeal to contemporary consumers. Their success is even more noteworthy because they have achieved this without owning their own vineyards or winery.
Portuguese winemaker António Maçanita and resident English viticultural consultant, David Booth met for the fist time in early 2004. Over the next few months a close friendship developed and when the opportunity came up to buy some pretty special grapes from some vineyards that David was managing and António was able to rent some of the excess fermentation capacity in a local winery the business rapidly took shape and FITA PRETA VINHOS was founded.
Their distinctive, rich and complex wines that are the result of applying their specialist skills with huge personal attention to detail at every point in the production chain; from vineyard site selection, grape growing, harvesting, fermentation, maturing, label design, marketing and distribution.