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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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  • 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...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • 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 ...

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  • Quinta dos Roques

    Considered as one of the leaders of the region, Quinta dos Roques combines in a perfect way centu...

  • Sogrape - Quinta dos Carvalhais

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

  • Sogrape - Grão Vasco

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

  • Boas Quintas

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

  • Quinta do Cerrado

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

  • Casa Da Insua

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

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  • Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Tinto Dão DOC 2014


    A bit more on the dry side. Nonetheless good. I'm probably being picky. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Sat. night birthday party prelude, been experimenting with lower end wine and ... and ... profiles.The 2009 Dao Cabriz was more widely heralded but was built differently and turned flabby and torn.  The taste really down.  1st, the tannic level is softer to start, so the extraction was less to begin with and the the oaky profile is moderate s... Read More

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  • I haven't posted here in a while, and I have no pictures.  On Thursday ... ... Bordeaux, Chianti, Dao, Ribiero del Duero, Pouilly-Fuisse, Meursaut, Soave and multiple of domestic Chardonnays.  FWIW, Trader Joe's has St. Clement Chardonnay for $9.99.  Peggy loves it, and, at that price, I'll buy all she can drink.Over the last month or so, I've... Read More

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  • Giesta Dão 2013


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Giesta Dão 2013


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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