They source fruit from all around the island, selecting the best areas and vineyards for the different grape varieties. Although traditionally varieties like Sercial are grown in the cooler north while Malvasia and Boal (Bual) were planted in the warmer south, today site selection is more important and Sercial is also grown in the south and Malvasia in the north. Today, Justino's is owned by the French company La Martiniquaise, which built a modern winery in Cancela, Santa Cruz. With these facilities, they sought to combine traditional vinification practices with the most advanced technology.
All the Madeiras are fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks in order 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 a 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. We can't agree more with what they had to say: "It's hard to remember the last time one producer so dominated a single category as Justino's did with Madeira. Whatever the grape, and whatever the style, it was imperious. And the Critics' Choice-winning Terrantez 1978 was jaw-dropping."