A family business with almost two centuries of history, and one that has known how to stay up-to-date without ever sitting back on its laurels. José Maria da Fonseca has been making wines since 1834. Well aware of the responsibility of being the oldest producer of table wine and Setúbal Moscatel in Portugal, José Maria da Fonseca follows a philosophy of permanent development, constantly investing in research and production, combining the latest techniques with traditional know-how. An example of this is the José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes Winery, at Reguengos de Monsaraz, Alentejo, where the Roman tradition of clay pot fermentation is maintained alongside the latest technology. The nearly 650 hectares of vineyards and a winery equipped with the latest technology, which competes with the best in the world, produce wines that combine the experience gathered throughout its history with the most advanced winemaking techniques.
Based on the local Castelão grape, this wine is aged in barrels for eight months. Its ripeness and soft tannins are both fruity and lightly structured. The flavour is broad and full-bodied, yet the wine has enough acidity to bring out a juicy, fruity aftertaste. Brimming with connotations of dried fruits and dates, it is very appealing and easy to drink. Serve with red meat dishes and cheese. Not for ageing.