José Maria da Fonseca is a world-renowned Portuguese winery in Setúbal.
Joé Maria de Fonseca - traditional winery in the seventh generation
The family-owned winery, located in Azeitão, stands for the highest quality. The traditional house was founded in 1834 and is especially known and very popular for its excellent dessert wines. Since the middle of the 19th century, the top wines with controlled designation of origin DOC Península de Setúbal are co-produced. This traditionally includes, for example, the noble sweet muscatel, which ranks third behind other Portuguese dessert wines.
Excellent growing conditions at Fonseca
The José Maria da Fonseca winery is already presided over by the seventh generation. The whitewashed estate is adorned with the magnificent blue and white azulejos (tiles) famous for Portugal. Here you can also see the famous Moscatel barrels. The grapes come from the 650-hectare estate, which is farmed by about 200 employees. The grapes grow in the wine region around Azeitão and in three other areas in the north and east of the country. On soils that contain large proportions of lime, sand and clay, the vines thrive excellently, regardless of the location. In addition, there is the fresh maritime climate of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as very humid air from the Tagus estuary. Together they create ideal growing conditions for the high quality grapes.
Dessert wine is not the only export hit
Under the direction of cellar master Domingos Soares Franco Today, in addition to dessert wines, José Maria da Fonseca produces mainly modern dry white and rosé wines, as well as great full-bodied red wines. The winery's most important and oldest brand is Periquita, which has been around since 1850. It is still macerated with the feet and remains in wood for 14 months. Other brands include Lancer, Alambre, Moscatel de Setúbal and Branco Seco Especial. A total of around 12 million bottles are produced. 80 percent of the wines produced are exported to no less than 70 countries. The winery celebrated the 200th birthday of its founder with the"Hexagon" (hexagon). It was produced by the sixth generation and consists of six major grape varieties. The most important wine guide in Portugal, the "Guía Martins", rates it with 7 out of 8 possible points.
And these are the grape varieties at the winery José Maria da Fonseca:
- Alicante Bouschet
- Trincadeira Preta
- Touriga Franca
- Touriga Nacional
More information aboutJosé Maria da Fonseca
|Company Name:||José Maria Da Fonseca Vinhos S.A.|
|Street:||Estrada Nacional 10|
|City:||2925-114 Vila Nogueira de Azeitão|
|Contact & Web|
|Telephone:||+351 212 197 500|
|Year of Incorporation:||1834|
|Company Group:||José Maria da Fonseca Group|
|Cellarmaster:||Domingos Soares Franco|
|Vineyard Area:||650 ha|