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Periquita is renowned for being Portugal's first ever bottled red. That's where its originality comes from. For more than 160 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been a welcome guest at the tables of discerning wine drinkers and an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by Jose Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made primarily from the Castelão grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by J.M. da Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer. Periquita is now the oldest brand of Portuguese table wines, having acquired widespread popularity over the years in Portugal and considerable brand awareness in export markets such as Sweden, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Canada, Denmark and Norway. Today, it represents the NEW Portugal.
Fermentation lasts for about 7 days at 28ºC, maintaining full skin contact; the wine is then aged five months in new and used oak barrels.