In 2000, when she moved for five years to Monte da Penha, in Portalegre, Rita Fino started her adventure in the world of wine.
Her introduction to the family business was in the dark environment of the warehouse, preparing new vines together with the other workers from Alentejo. She came to Alentejo to understand what she needed to know about the vineyard and the work. She planted new vines, cleaned shipping pipes, and labelled bottles (mostly by hand). After six months had passed, her father, Francisco Fino, challenged her to pack the car full of bottles and take them to Algarve. It went well. She emptied the car in a day.
Rita lived in England until the age of 18. The experience of attending an English boarding school for seven years was very enriching, and transformed her into an independent woman.
When the family returned to Portugal, she had to adapt to the change, but Rita ended up doing just fine. She studied translation at ISLA, in Lisbon, and improved her Portuguese.
The years in Leicester always included holiday trips to Portalegre, where the family is originally from. The maternal grandmother, Gertrudes Baptista Fino, had the habit of taking her grandchildren to visit the cellar and vineyards of Tapada do Chaves. This family property remained in the family until 1998, and was managed by Rita's grandmother, starting in the 60's, and later her father, Francisco Fino, starting in 1995. Even today, at 91 years of age, grandmother Gertrudes is an excellent taster. Her opinion of the parcels from Monte da Penha is highly valued.
Responsible for marketing and sales at Monte da Penha, Rita is also a mother of two girls and one boy. They were all born on the 24th, though in different months.