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The story 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. This wine is Domingos Soares Franco tribute to this fortunate marriage between the variety and the region, brought together by the Founder of this company.
The Castelão Francês which, originated from Old Vineyards, was footrodden in small presses and the wine was then aged for 22 months in small new French oak barrels.
The highest level of the Castelão Francês grape variety. It was José Maria da Fonseca responsibility to present a super-premium wine from the Setúbal Península main red grape.
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 oenologists in Portugal. As a winemaker, 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".
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