Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Douro
People: António & Joana Maçanita, Owners & Winemakers


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Antonio Maçanita is one of the most dynamic, brilliant young winemakers in Portugal, crafting wines everywhere from the Azores archipelago to Alentejo. It turns out he’s also a master at navigating sibling rivalry… or perhaps its his sister that is the diplomat? In the Douro, this brother and sister team has managed to pool their considerable winemaking talent to showcase the breadth of terroir in the oldest classified European appellation.

Sourcing from sites spread across the 3 subzones of the Douro (Cima-Corgo, Baixo-Corgo and Douro Superior), the Maçanitas use classic Douro grape varieties with modern winemaking techniques to produce wines of balance, elegance and true Douro character. Somehow managing to combine Antonio’s wink-and-nod irreverence and Joana’s steadfast pursuit of preserving Portuguese winemaking traditions, this brother and sister team has captured the spirit of the Douro as only they are able.

Wine Advocate 8/2018
"Maçanita's winemakers-owners Joana and António, brother and sister, have made a mark (in one way or the other) in places like the Azores, Alentejo, Lisboa and Algarve. This is the Douro operation. This is a relatively young operation (although they certainly have plenty of credentials in those other places) that has gradually climbed onto the radar screen. The first I saw was a 2011 Tinto, a straightforward red reviewed in 2012."

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