José Maria da Fonseca – A 19th Century Manor House
Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Setúbal Peninsula, José Maria da Fonseca is an ancient winery located in the medieval neighbourhood of Chiado. The winery is well-known for its Moscatel wine and a wine shop, By The Wine, equipped with 3000 bottles of Periquita wine on the ceiling. The bar consists of unique labels, some of which are produced in minimal quantities. The estate organizes various events like product launches and open tasting invitations to wine-lovers.
The Passionate Story of Seven Generations
The estate José Maria da Fonseca has been crafting the ultimate wine production line since 1834. In 1923, a Swiss architect, Ernesto Korrodi, restored the winery, and until the 1970s, the company was owned by the Soares Franco family. In 1986, José Maria da Fonseca purchased the property and changed José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes to José Maria da Fonseca Manor House. It was a long-held dream of José Maria to produce Alentejo wines in an ancient winery. Today, the winery consists of 114 amphorae, a rare and old fermentation method. The underground cellar is equipped with old urns and two open presses. A few steps away, another winery exists, parallel to José Maria da Fonseca, where 44 stainless steel vats are placed.
More than 500 Grape Varieties are Grown and Managed with Passion
As the oldest producer of table wines, José Maria da Fonseca Winery owns 650 hectares of vineyards, where a large number of grape varieties are grown. It is still unknown, but the winemaking family actively cultivates nearly 500 varietals. Respecting biodiversity, the primary concern of the owners is the conservation of natural resources. The grapes are picked manually, followed by soft pressing. The company produces high-end red, white, rose, and sparkling wines using these grapes, combined with dessert and fortified wines.