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Macieira - Portuguese Brandy

Macieira is a well-known brand of Portuguese brandy, which has been in production since 1865. Macieira brandy is one of the most popular and traditional spirits in Portugal.

Macieira Portuguese Brandy.
Enjoying a glass on a cool day in Estoril

Macieira brandy is often enjoyed neat or on the rocks as a digestif, but it can also be used in cocktails and mixed drinks. It has a rich history and is considered a symbol of Portuguese craftsmanship and tradition.


The drink was created by José Guilherme Macieira after studying winemaking in the Cognac region of France. José's father José Maria Macieira founded a company marketing Macieira "Cognac", as it was then called. The company is now owned by Pernod Ricard and production was centered in Bombarral near Leiria. In 2014, Macieira production was transferred from Bombarral to Manzanares, in Spain.

Macieira Portuguese Brandy.
Royal Spirit

Production Methods

The brandy is made from a blend of of grapes from different varieties distilled in copper stills and then aged in oak barrels. This aging process imparts a smooth and complex flavor profile to the brandy, with notes of dried fruits, nuts, and oak. It has an alcohol content of 36°, 40° or 43° proof. The drink is based on a recipe that has remained unchanged and secret since its launch. In addition to its classic Macieira brandy, the company also produces variations such as Macieira Royal, which is aged for longer periods and has a more refined taste.

Macieira represents more than half of brandy consumption in the Portuguese market. It is exported to over 30 countries including China where it has grown in popularity.

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