Fitapreta is the culmination of a partnership between a young, dynamic Portuguese winemaker and a British-born viticulturist, both dedicated to a new examination of terroir in the Alentejo. The winemaker, Antonio Mancanita, returned home to his native Portugal after winemaking stints around the world, most notably at Château Lynch Bages. David Booth, the viticulturist, was already well established in Portugal when they began work together in 2004.
Fitapreta operates on the Portuguese idea of intuition when it comes to their viticulture and winemaking. With this trust of the land and the natural growth process of the vineyard, they are able to make wines that are imbued with a singular sense of place. They operate on a strictly gravity-fed basis in the winery. All wines are spontaneously fermented, and small parcels of each vineyard are fermented separately to preserve their distinct stylistic qualities. These are then blended to achieve a layered, complete picture of the terroir.