In 1865, Jose Maria Macieira created his company with the purpose of selling olive oils, vinegars, wine and spirits. Twenty years later the company launched its own brandy production and introduced Macieira “Cognac”, as it was then known, to the market.
The idea to produce it in Portugal came from Commander and knight of the Legion of Honor of France, Jose Guilherme Macieira, son of the founder, after he studied winemaking in the French region of Cognac.
The success of Macieira was immediate; its quality and reputation won over true connoisseurs in Portugal such as Fernando Pessoa who became loyal to the brand.
Vouching for the quality of Macieira “5 STARS,” the brand was selected to replenish stocks of cognac destroyed during World War II. More than 130 years after its launch, Macieira remains the preferred brand and market leader in Portugal, and is also enjoyed in over 5 continents and 30 countries.