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 riety,
which he brought most probably from the region of Ribatejo. Although we are not sure when the first vintage was produced we are certain that by 1850 Periquita red was already made.
José Maria da Fonseca registered the Periquita trademark in 1941. Periquita is now the oldest brand of Portuguese table wines having acquired down the years a widespread popularity in Portugal and considerable brand awareness in sophisticated export markets such as Sweden, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Canada,Denmark and Norway.
Domingos Soares Franco, Winemaker and Vice President, studied viticulture and oenology in Davis, California. After graduation he joined the company in the 1980s and, being one of the most innovative of the new generation of Portuguese winemakers, brought significant changes to the style of his wines.
Classification: Regional Península de Setúbal
Region: Península de Setúbal
Grape varieties: Verdelho (53%), Viosinho (25%), Viognier (20%), Moscatel de Setúbal (2%)
Type of Soil: Sandy
Colour: Yellow lemon
Aroma: Apricot, peach, melon, sweet lime and banana
Palate: Very fruity, balanced and good fruit / acidity
Stainless steel fermented at 16ºC
Serve at a temperature of 7ºC. Consume at a temperature of 11ºC as an aperitif or with fish and see food.