Antonio Mancanita's really good at getting things right. His list of achievements are almost nauseating: finishing top of his class as an oenology student, working for Chateau Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux, becoming a rugby player to international level, consulting for 13 different wineries, launching four massively successful, multi-region Portuguese wine labels from the Douro to the Alentejo to the Azores, being named Portugal's Winemaker of the Year and picking up a string of other 'ridiculously high achiever' awards - all of before the age of 40, by the way.
But despite the high achievements and fancy awards, there's a devil-may-care adventurousness to António Maçanita which really puts us in mind of the likes of Pieter Walser or Swartland revolutionaries Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie in South Africa. Funnily enough, the Alentejo, where Antonio makes his Fitapreta wines, has been compared to the Swartland - in that it was traditionally dominated by co-operatives but recently we’ve seen an influx of small growers with old plots making really interesting and exciting wines.
One of Portugal’s most renowned winemakers, António makes wines of intensity and class. No one of sound commercial mind would do what he and the other revolutionaries do, but it's this derring-do that makes them such magnetic personalities and their wine so winning, with qualities and flavours never known before, turning a staid post-war high-volume industry into the electric wine scene we are enjoying today.