Dão is a Portuguese wine region situated in the Região Demarcada do Dão with the Dão-Lafões sub region of the Centro, Portugal. It is one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal. Dão wine is produced in a mountainous region with a temperate climate, in the area of the Rio Mondego and Dão rivers in the north central region of Portugal. The region became a Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC) appellation in 1990. The Dão region is the origin of the Touriga Nacional vine that is the principal component of Port wine.
The wine region is located primarily on a plateau that is sheltered on three sides by the granite mountain ranges of Serra da Estrela, Serra do Caramulo and Serra da Nave. This helps the area maintain its temperate climate away from the effects of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The region experiences abundant rainfall in the winter months and long, warm dry summers leading up to harvest. The region's vineyards are planted on sandy well-drained soil on top of granite rock.
The area is home to several dozen varieties of indigenous grapes, with the majority of wine production being made from the Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro Preto and Encruzado (Last one used on Whites). 80% of the region's production is in red wines, with DOC regulations stipulating that at least 20% of the production must be from Touriga Nacional.
Duque de Viseu 2014 - Červené
Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta-Roriz (Aragonês)
Producer: Quinta dos Carvalhais (Sogrape Vinhos)
Tasting Notes: Duque de Viseu is made from the best grapes from the Dão region, selected and vinified with great care and dedication by Sogrape Vinhos' winemaking team. This wine is ruby red in hue with aromas of red fruits and warm spices. On the palate there is good acidity, soft body and a balanced finish.
Food Pairing: Meat and cheeses.
Storage & serving: In order to preserve its highest quality, this wine was bottled without cold-stabilization treatment and it is therefore natural that it develops a slight deposit. It must be decanted. Serve at a temperature of 15-17°C.
Alcohol: 13 %
International Wine Challenge, 2018: Commended
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017: Bronze
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016: Bronze
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016: Silver
Vinalies Internationales, 2016: Silver
Casa de Santar Colheita Vintage 2015 - Červené
Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta-Roriz (Aragonês), Alfrocheiro
Producer: Casa de Santar
Winemaker: José Manuel Sousa Soares
Tasting Notes: Intense, elegant, balanced and showing good structure.
Food Pairing: Baked or steamed fish, pasta, red meat and medium-curd cheeses.
Storage & serving: Ageing potential. Serve at a temperature of 16-18°C.