Azores Wine Company

Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Archipelago of the Azores
People: António Maçanita, Owner & Winemaker


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The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal and is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, wherein viticulture was introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of islands is home to a singular terroir and microclimate, one that draws close comparison to the island of Santorini. Like Santorini, the Azores are volcanic islands comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyards need to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are a fraction of what they are in the rest of the DOC. Additionally, the vineyards are grown in tiny plots (2-6 bush trained vines per square) protected on all sides by small walls called “currais” to ward off the strong winds that blow in from the nearby beaches.

Dynamic winemaker Antonio Maçanita is based in the Alentejo, but wanted to explore this unique terroir because of his family’s history in this area – his father is from the Azores, and he wanted to pay tribute to this heritage. The Azores Wine Company is a project to reclaim the lost vineyards of Azores and save varieties that were on the brink of extinction.

Azores Wine Company Verdelho O Original 2016 Voted #48 by Decanter for The Most Exciting Wines of 2017
"Lively citrus and fresh leather nose, zippy lime fruit along with complex, smoky, iodine notes, a fleeting moment of apple blossom and a touch of salinity on the finish. Will age well but ready to enjoy now."


  • Azores Wine Co. 2017 Verdelho o Original, Azores IGP
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/30/2019)

    Gorgeous, this is a fresh white with fine tension and a long finish. Elegant but nicely concentrated, this is intense in a balanced way and always enlivening. It is a fine Verdelho again, one of the best in the brand so far. It should age well, but we'll take that in stages again.
  • Azores Wine Co. 2018 Arinto dos Acores Non Sur Lies, Pico DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (12/30/2019)

    The 2018 Arinto dos Açores is unoaked, bone dry (half a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This has big acidity, making it jump to life on the tongue. It's bright and a little spicy. That zippy nuance on the finish makes it lively and interesting. Then, there is the grip and length on the finish as well. This is lip-smacking good on many fronts, a fine effort in the brand. It is also one that seems poised to age well. It evolved beautifully in the glass and fleshed out with air and warmth.
  • Azores Wine Co. 2018 Branco Vulcanico, Azores IG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/30/2019)

    The 2018 Branco Vulcânico is mostly Arinto dos Açores, plus 15% Verdelho. It is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol, and with a pH of 3.5. Winemaker Antonio Maçanita says that this comes in between the regular Arinto and the Arinto Sur Lie in style. Fresh, a little spicy and very perky, this shows reasonable concentration, a long finish and some notable grip. It is also well integrated and balanced, though. I'm not sure this felt like a long-ager to me, but Antonio assured me that he never had a wine from the Azores that was dead, and this will last "forever."