José Maria da Fonseca

Jos_Maria.jpegMore than the house name, the name of its founder or the name of the two brothers that represent the fifth generation running the destiny of the winemaker, José Maria da Fonseca is known by Periquita, the oldest bottled wine in Portugal, with a long history of 160 years.

The association between both names is so common that sometimes it is easy to mix up José Maria da Fonseca with Periquita. In fact, the Periquita name is so strong that was formally converted into a grape variety name. The historic grape variety that since ever gave life to Periquita, Castelão, was brought to the Pensínsula de Setúbal region by the founder of the José Maria da Fonseca house and became here known as Periquita. Given that the plants have been planted in a property called Cova da Periquita, the wine earned the name of the land from where it was coming … and the grape variety followed its footsteps. However, despite centenary, José maria da Fonseca is a modern company that does not turn its back to challenges. It has one of the worlds’ biggest ampelographic collection, with many hundreds of native and international grape varieties. So many that JMF released a white wine that contained an incredible record of 208 varietals and a red with 157…