Grape Varieties C-D Castelao

Castelao Wine

Castel?o is a dark-skinned grape variety that is among the most planted in Portugal. It is produced both varietally and in blended wines with other native grape varieties, and in a range of styles from still red and rosé wines to fortified and sparkling examples. The finest Castel?o wines come from the Setubal Peninsula just south of Lisbon, where the terroir is conducive to the production of rich, concentrated wines.

Castel?o's popularity with producers comes from its hardiness: it thrives in arid climates but can also produce good wines from cooler, more humid parts of the country. It is mostly planted in the southern parts of Portugal, but can also be found in the center of the country and in small quantities along the banks of the Douro, where it is permitted in the Port Blend.

Castelao Grapes

The sandy soils along the southern coast are best suited to Caste?o, where low-yielding older vines help to produce a full-bodied, tannic wine that has a rustic, wild fruit character. The finest examples of Castel?o – the most famous of which is José Maria da Fonseca's Periquita wine – are often aged in oak and can be cellared for many years. On more calcareous soils in central Portugal, the variety produces lighter, more fruit-driven wines that are intended for early consumption.

Castel?o is also suited to the Portuguese predilection for blended wines, and is most often seen in bottles with some of Portugal's most glamorous grape varieties like Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (see Castel?o – Touriga). In these blends, Castel?o lends its deep pigment and structure, while the other varieties help to soften its sharper edges.

As is the case with many other widespread varieties, Castel?o has a multitude of synonyms. The most important of these is Periquita, meaning parakeet in Portuguese, which comes from the Cova de Periquita vineyard planted by José Maria da Fonseca. It is known in other parts of the country as Trincadeira or Bastardo Castico – although it bears no relation to either Tinta Amarela or Trousseau, both of which share these (respective) synonyms.

Synonyms include: Castel?o Frances, Periquita, Joao de Santarem, Trincadeira Preta, Bastardo Castico, Santarem, Mortagua.

Food pairings for Castel?o include:

  • Pork and bean soup
  • Grilled chicken thighs
  • Mushroom risotto
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Most Popular Castelao Wine

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Wine Name
Region
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 'Baia de Troia' Castelao, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 12,499th 87 $15
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Leo d'Honor Tinto, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 29,177th 89 $50
Pegos Claros Vinhas Velhas Reserva, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 32,488th 89 $12
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Quinta da Mimosa, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 38,595th 89 $11
Rainha do Mar Castelao, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 52,678th $10
Pegos Claros Grande Escolha, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 56,134th 90 $25
Adega Grande Reserva Tinto, Vinho Regional Tejo, Portugal Tejo 58,748th $6
Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Superyor, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 58,748th 90 $44
Adega Cooperativa de Redondo 'Mare Viva' Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal Alentejo 60,187th $6
Casa Ermelinda Freitas M.J Freitas Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 61,654th $11
Adega Regional de Colares 'Chao Rijo' Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa 61,654th $14
Santo Isidro de Pegoes Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 63,213th 87 $7
Santo Isidro de Pegoes 'Sobreiro de Pegoes Premium', Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 66,546th 87 $14
Fitapreta Tinto de Castelao Reserva, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal Alentejo 70,362nd 88 $23
Quinta do Piloto Tinto Reserva, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 74,671st 89 $17
Pegos Claros, Palmela, Portugal Palmela 77,080th 86 $10
Luis Seabra Mono C Castelao, Portugal Portugal 85,139th 90 $40
Adega Cooperativa de Redondo Real Lavrador, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal Alentejo 113,533rd $4
Adega de Palmela Vale dos Barris Castelao, Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 119,185th $7
Casa Santos Lima Portuga Rose, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa 125,529th 86 $7
Susana Esteban and Dirk Niepoort 'Sem Vergonha' Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal Alentejo 125,529th $23
Santo Isidro de Pegoes 'Dona Helena' Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 125,529th 86 $7
Quinta de Chocapalha Castelao, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa 132,674th 88 $12
Espera Castelao, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa 140,866th $15
SIVIPA Terras do Sado Tinto, Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Setubal Peninsula 140,866th $7
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