Founded by Portuguese winemaker António Maçanita and English viticulturalist David Booth in 2004, Fitapreta is on a mission to make the best wines in the Alentejano. This is a large, hot region where great care must be taken to avoid making wines that are pummellingly alcoholic and overblown. Working closely with their growers, they seek fruit mostly from the local schist soils that are best suited to amplifying the charms of the native varieties they work with. Treatments to the vines are kept to a minimum, and everything is done with health of the fruit in mind. While David sadly passed away in 2012, his legacy to Fitapreta has been vineyards and grower relationships that have only grown stronger as time has passed. 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. Our first experience tasting Palpite was transformative. A blend of Arinto, Antão Vaz and Verdelho, it raises the bar on what to expect from a white wine from Portugal. And look out for this brilliant new take on unoaked Touriga – it will change the way you think about red wines from Portugal.