The Portuguese way of life!
The history of Periquita is interwoven with the story of José Maria da Fonseca itself, beginning in the 1820s when the founding father of the company, José Maria da Fonseca arrived in Lisbon and bought several local properties. One such purchase, most probably in 1846, was Cova da Periquita. It was on that property that José Maria da Fonseca planted red grapes of the Castelão variety, which he brought most probably from the province of Ribatejo.
Although we are not sure when the first vintage was produced we are certain that by 1850 Periquita was already being made.
Periquita is now the oldest brand of Portuguese table wines having acquired widespread popularity over the years in Portugal and considerable brand awareness in export markets such as Sweden, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Canada, Denmark and Norway.
Original, a Portuguese ambassador around the world. Existing since 1850 we’ve been around to celebrate the Portuguese way of life: laid-back, relaxed, warm, fruity and with a spicy nose. That’s what Portugal is all about and that we want you to enjoy.
Domingos Soares Franco
Domingos Soares Franco, Winemaker
and vice-president, is the youngest of the two representatives of the sixth generation of the family which manages José Maria da Fonseca. He studied in Davis, California, and started working at José Maria da Fonseca in the '80s. Since then, he has introduced several changes in the wines produced by this company, becoming one of the most innovative new generation winemakers in Portugal. As an enologist, his first major influence was undoubtedly that of his father Fernando Soares Franco. His uncle, António Porto Soares Franco, a man of great vision, also influenced him tremendously. Among other important achievements, he deserves to be recognized as the creator of Lancers, one of the best known Portuguese wines around the world and José Maria da Fonseca’s first international "best seller".
/Wine Enthusiast / 86 pts
/Revista de Vinhos / 16 pts
/Wine Spectator / 87 pts
/29th San Diego International Wine Competition / Gold Medal
/ Wine and Spirits / 90 pts
/Decanter Wine Awards 2011
/ Silver Medal
/ Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
/ 84 pts