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The Dao gets its name from the river in north central Portugal. The countryside bears a striking resemblance to Provence, France, with pine forests and rambling vineyards over steep sand dunes, ending at the riverbed. It was named Regiao Demarcada (DOC) in 1908. The wines, especially the reds, possess unique flavor characteristics, mainly due to the fact that the majority of the wine is made from indigenous grapes with almost none of the international varietal blending that has become so popular in other parts of Europe, particularly Spain. These wines are very food-friendly, usually quite value-driven and worth seeking out.

The area mostly produces red wines that must be 20% Touriga Nacional (also one of the principal Port grapes) to be labeled Dao DOC. Other red grapes grown are Bastardo, Tinta Roriz,Tinta Pinheira, Alforcheiro Preto and Jaen. There are some white wines also produced, mainly from Encruzado. Other varietals, mostly used in blends, are Malvasia, Assario Branco and Borrado das Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Grand Noir

    Grand Noir de la Calmette or Grand Noir is a red grape created in 1855 by French grape breeder Henri Bouschet at his ...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Touriga Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used t...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • About a year ago in one of the "big box" wine stores, I wandered by ... ... of reds and whites from Dao and Douro.  I don't think any of them cost more than $15.  All of them were pretty darned good. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?

  • Quinta Dos Carvalhais Touriga Nacional Dão 2004


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    Wine review by shloss

  • Grao Vasco Dão Tinto 2007


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Caves São João Porta Dos Cavaleiros Dão 2009


    Lovely wine goes with almost anything. Nice intro. for new wine drinkers. Great with appetiiters before dinner. Great with barbacue ribs. Read More

    Wine review by Roselover10

  • Quinta Dos Roques Touriga Nacional Red 2010


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    Wine review by jgoldner

  • Fox, thank you for resurrecting this conversation.  I haven't been ... ... good.  A white from Dao (Grao Vasco) and a couple reds from Douro (Quinta de Ventozolo DOC Reserva) and Alentejano (Herdade do Peso Vinha do Monte).   The Alentejano was particularly outstanding.  Portugal may replace Spain as my "go to" region for best buy Read More

    Forum post in the topic Iberian wine discovery!

  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, RJH.  I don't thing there is any ... ... trying lately, from the Dao, Douro and Alentejano regions, have been modestly priced, and of very good quality.  Enjoy your adventure RJH, and keep us posted on your discoveri Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Dao Sul Quinta de Cabriz 2009


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Well with Mrs. EMark in sickbay, U-No-Hu was resposible for our Thanksgiving ... past couple days--a white Dao and a red Douro.  Both were pretty good.  The red was better, and both of them died with the cranberry sauce.For dessert Mrs. Emark had peanut butter M&Ms (a new favorite), and EMark had a banana.  Both of us are much too lazy to bake... Read More

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  • Grao Vasco Dao Branco 2012


    Crystal clear pale yellow color. Very aromatic nose--tropical fruits. Very dry and crisp on the palate. Only slight hints of the tropical fruit flavors. I am not that experienced with Portuguese wines. Most of my experience is with Vinho Verde, and this wine is very similar--light, dry, crisp. US$8.09 at Total Wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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