Justino's | Madeira
Justino’s is one of the oldest producers of Madeira, having been in existence since 1870, and is also one of the most dynamic producers in Madeira today. They source fruit from all around the island, selecting the best sites and vineyards for the different grape varieties. Traditionally, varieties like Sercial were grown in the cooler north while Malvasia and Boal were planted in the warmer south. Today site selection allows for Sercial to be grown in the south and Malvasia in the north. Justino’s new winery, located in Cancela, Santa Cruz, was built in 1995. All the Madeiras are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks to ensure pristine base wines. Fermentation is arrested by the addition of 96% ABV neutral grape spirit at a specific point in time, depending on the level of sweetness desired for each Madeira. As testament to their commitment to quality and their high number of medal-winning wines, the Sommelier Wine Awards named Justino’s their Fortified Producer of the Year in 2015.