Periquita (pear-ih-KEY-ta)

The name means parakeet; a synonym for a hearty grape called castelão that is the most widely planted grape in Portugal. Particularly successful in the south of the country but grown as far north as the Douro. A natural cross of the Portuguese grapes cayetana blanca and alfrocheiro. Periquita is also the brand name of a popular Portuguese red table wine that is a blend of the grape periquita with touriga nacional and touriga franca.


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