The Azores Wine Company (AWC) originated as a passion project of António Maçanita, an innovative winemaker from Alentejo (Fita Preta), to recover an endangered grape variety on the island of Pico. In 2010, Macanita produced a single varietal Terrantez do Pico that put the Azores on the map and sparked the foundation of the Azores Wine Company with fellow winemaker and grape grower Paulo Machado and Filipe Rocha. The white Arinto dos Açores and Verdelho O Original monovarietal represent more than half of their production. However, the Azores Wine Company also innovated with its Volcanic Series of red and rosé Azores wines. The history of the AWC also includes the first sparkling wine using the Arinto dos Açores grape variety.