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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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  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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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  • Casa Da Insua

    The present-day Casa da Ínsua was built in the 18th century by Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Perei...

  • Quinta do Cerrado

    The winery has a capacity of one million litres and is equipped with excellent technology able to...

  • Sogrape - Grão Vasco

    Sogrape was founded in 1942 by Fernando van Zeller Guedes a driven and determined entrepreneur. ...

  • Cavipor

    ENOPORT Group unified some of the oldest and well known Portuguese wine companies, Caves Velhas, ...

  • Udaca - União das Adegas Cooperativas do Dão, UCRL

    UNIÃO DAS ADEGAS COOPERATIVAS DA REGIÃO DEMARCADA DO DÃO (Union of the Wine Growing Co-operatives...

  • Boas Quintas

    Sociedade Agrícola Boas Quintas is a personal project of the oenologist Nuno Cancela de Abreu, la...

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  • I'll blame you if blow my wine budget.I had an $8 Dao with my sandwich, this evening.OK, not nearly as good as a Limerick Lane Zin.:-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Been a while since I've posted on this thread. Had a 2010 Elpenor red from ... red from Julia Kemper Wines, Dao, Portugal this evening.This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen.The nose is a bit syrah like, black cherry and a touch of smoke. In the mouth there are flavors of macerated black cherry, some green plum,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Julia Kemper Dão Elpenor 2010


    Nice, bright, fresh red from Portugal. This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen. The nose is a bit syrah like, black cherry and a touch of smoke. In the mouth there are flavors of macerated black cherry, some green plum, a touch of leather, fine grained tannins, nice acidity and a medium long finish. Excellent QPR... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • "While I appreciate what they (Tegan, Duncan Arnot-Meyers) are trying to ... ... bodegas. Then in reds in Dao. *Then* back in Jura under the name Trousseau (and I wanted to ask where the 'portmanteau' grapes might be...). Jura people mainly talked to me about it being a pain in the ass to grow there because of its sunlight requirements in an a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Quinta Dos Grilos Dao 2010


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Grao Vasco Dao 2010


    Imported by: Evaton Inc. Ct. A blend of unspecified percentages of Jaen, Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional Bright, floral and simple on the nose though with nice depth to the vinous orange rind and white floral aromas. Smooth on entry, a bit lean but with a touch of flesh sticking to the the taut acid driven and dusty tannin laced structure. the fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Grao Vasco Dao 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Evidencia 2009


    Portuguese Reds...hard to find in my portion of the woods, but worth the hunt. Just an incredible bargain versus US reds, then again, very few imported wines fail to fill that bill. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • 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

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