Family & History
The Fiuza Family has vineyards and produces wine for more than one century in two of their estates located in the Tejo Region.
Mr. Joaquim Mascarenhas Fiuza was the 11th generation of the Marquis de Fronteira Family . He was the father of the present owners of the company and was the person responsible for the creation and development of the Fiuza Brand.
The company started operating in the beginning of the 20th century when Mr. Joaquim Mascarenhas Fiuza and his uncle begun to produce wine on the family estates.
Mr. Joaquim Mascarenhas Fiuza had two passions: Winemaking and Sailing, and during is long life (he lived 102 years) he was able to develop both in an enthusiastic way.
Regarding his glorious sailing career, as a sportsman, he was one of the most awarded Portuguese athletes. As a Star Class sailor, he participate in 3 Olympic Games (Berlim in 1936, London in 1948, Helsinki in 1952), 4 World Cups and 6 European Cups.
The most important achievements were the bronze medal in 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, two gold medals in the European Cups of 1957 and 1958 and 4th place in 1952 World Cup. He was also 9 times National Champion. (See full list of Prizes here)
As for his other passion, Winemaking, he was determinant for the Fiuza Company.
In 1985, Mr. Joaquim Mascarenhas and Peter Bright, an Australian winemaker radicated in Portugal decide to make a partnership and create the Fiuza & Bright Company.
Pioneers in the growing of French grapes varieties in Portugal, they specialized in mono-varietal wines. Nowadays Fiuza produces wines from Portuguese and international grapes with grapes that come from their one estates: Quinta da Requeixada and Quinta da Granja. The most important red varieties are: Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and the most important white varieteies are: Alvarinho, Arinto, Vital, Fernão Pires.
The quality of Fiuza wines has been recognised nationaly and internationaly by the most notorious publications and contests but specially by the consumer that each day drink the wines.