Find our selection of the 100% Touriga Nacional red wines in the main wine regions
Published : 01/13/2016 - Categories : Our Selection
If ever an indigenous grape variety had to be chosen to represent Portuguese wines, Touriga Nacional would be the one flying the flag.
It flourished for generations in the Dão and Douro regions until the arrival of the dreaded Phylloxera invasion. It then fell from the pinnacle of fame to virtual outcast, no longer planted because of its low yields. However, more recent attempts at a comeback have been a total success, and clonal selection has elevated Touriga Nacional once again to centre stage in Portuguese viticulture.
Nowadays Touriga Nacional is heralded throughout Portugal and abroad, earning a place in vineyards in Spain, Australia, South Africa and California.
The grape's thick skin helps to obtain deep, dense colour - one of the variety's distinctive traits - but it is the abundance and depth of aromas that best identify its value. These may be floral, or fruity, or citrus but they are always intense and explosive, with an urbane, noble air.
In Portugal it grows in almost all the wine regions since it works very well in blended wines either red wines, rosé wines and the biggest example, the port wines.
But the characteristics of this grape variety allow the creation of great wines 100% Touriga Nacional, usually in the best harvests years or from the best vineyards plots.
We had the hard task to select two 100% Touriga Nacional wines from six of the main wine regions. In Alentejo it’s not a hard task since only the best estates produce this single varietal type of wine and if you look at the prices, the Alentejo wines are in the top.
But if you want to choose two wines from Douro or from Dão, both regions who claim the paternity of this grape variety, then the task is almost impossible since there is a lot of offer.
So you have to go for our recommendations if you are new to this grape variety. Otherwise just go to our menu and choose the Touriga Nacional grape variety and discover a new world in terms of brands, type of wines, price and wine region.