TO ENJOY WITH THOSE WE LOVE
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 wewant you to enjoy.
Colour: Deep red
Aroma: Very fruity (strawberries, raspberries, wild berries, oak wood, coffee, vanilla, cedar
Palate: Very fruity, balanced, good structure/acidity balance, smooth
Revista de Vinhos
29º Concurso Internacional de Vinhos
de San Diego
Wine & Spirits – 90 pts
Decanter Wine Awards 2011
Robert Parker - 84 pts
HISTORYThe 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 Estremadura. Although we are not sure when the first vintage was produced we are certain that by 1850 Periquita was already being made. For this reason, Periquita brand is the oldest commercialized Portuguese table wine having, over time, acquired a growing popularity in Portugal and a considerable reputation in markets such as Sweden, Brazil, United States of America , Canada, Denmark and Norway.
José Maria da Fonseca is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wineries in Portugal, producing wines, Port and Setubal Moscatel. The Soares Franco family owns José Maria da Fonseca and has been involved in the wine business for almost 200 years. With over 650 hectares of land under vine in our main wine regions: Península de Setúbal, Alentejo and Douro, José Maria Fonseca also boasts Portugal’s largest winery, with capacity to produce 6.5 million litres of wine in a totally computerised operation.
Domingos Soares Franco
Domingos Soares Franco, winemaker and vice-president, is the youngest of the two representatives of the sixth generation of the family that manages José Maria da Fonseca. He studied in Davis, California, and started working at José Maria da Fonseca in the 1980s. Since then, he has introduced several changes into the wines produced by this company, becoming one of the most innovative new-generation winemakers 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 influences 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".
TYPE OF SOIL
DATE OF BOTTLING
Total Acidity: 5,25gr/l 3,40 pH
French and American
with full skin contact
5 years after