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Periquita is the oldest Portuguese table wine, produced since the late 1840s on the Setubal Peninsula. 85% of its total production is sold abroad. Periquita is a classic Portuguese wine enjoyed by successive generations of wine lovers. Available in different sizes there is a Periquita for every occasion.
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 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 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.
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