|Grape Name||Photo||Region||Cat.||Common Names||Description|
|Periquita||Estremadura, Ribatejo, Alentejo, Algarve||II||Castelão, Castelão Francês, Castellão, João de Santarém||Periquita, also known as Castelão and João de Santarém, is a red wine grape found primarily in the south coastal regions but is grown all over Portugal and is sometimes used in Port wine production.|
The name is derived from the Portuguese term for parakeet.
The vine thrives in sandy soils but is able to adapt to a variety of conditions. It produces a wine that can be harshly tannic in its youth but softens as it ages. In the Algarve VR, it is often blended with Negra Mole to produce a wine with less aging potential but less harsh in its youth.