José Maria da Fonseca Waterdog White

Waterdog White


  • Loving, loyal, and intelligent, Portuguese Waterdogs are a treasured breed originally from the southern coast of Portugal – near where the José Maria da Fonseca winery originates.
  • José Maria da Fonseca winery was chosen as one of the top 100 wineries in 2020! – Wine & Spirits

Varietal Composition: 90% Arinto, 10% Fernão Pires

Elaboration:  Waterdog is grown in clay-lime and sandy soils and is fermented with wood at 16ºC. It should be kept at a temperature of 11ºC and consumed young at 13ºC.

Tasting Notes: Waterdog White is golden yellow and has aromas of Mango and very ripe pineapple, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. It has a palate of ripe mango and pineapple, it is very velvety and soft. Waterdog has a long persistent mouth.




Domingos Soares Franco is the first Portuguese winemaker to graduate from the highly regarded viticulture and enology program at the University of California at Davis. It has paid off. In March of 2021, he was named “Winemaker of the Year for Fortified Wines” by the wine publication “Vinho Grandes Escolhas.” Under his supervision, his team of winemakers make José Maria da Fonseca a pioneer in enology in Portugal and the world. Their winemaking heritage dates to 1834.

The story of José Maria da Fonseca, is the story of a family that goes back almost two centuries and more than seven generations and whose winemaking heritage dates to 1834. Soares credits his uncle, Antonio, and a small group of winemakers as the cornerstone of today’s Portuguese wine business.

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