Dão has been producing wines since 1910, being considered the second demarcated region for the production of wines in the country, equally known for its historical and cultural influence on Portuguese viticulture.
Located in the Center-North of Portugal, in the Beira Alta region, Dão is a mountainous region with around 20,000 hectares of vineyards that are cultivated between 400 and 800 meters in altitude.
Climate and Soil
The Dão soil is rich in granite, to the north, and schist, further south, accompanied by a continental - temperate climate, where moderately cold winters and hot, dry summers are capable of creating the ideal conditions for the cultivation of slow maturing grapes, influenced by the Buçaco, Caramulo, Montemuro and Estrela mountains that protect them from the wind, resulting in wines with a unique minerality.
The mountain ranges that are part of the natural beauty of the Dão determine a unique terroir, where the slight Mediterranean influence gains space for the production of excellent wines, known as true heritage of Portugal.
Its acclaimed red wines are known for having an intense ruby hue, with striking aromas and complex flavors, as well as remarkable aging potential.
Among its dozens of varieties, Touriga Nacional stands out - being the most noble and traditional variety in Portugal - Alfrocheiro - an intense variety known for producing wines with a strong tone and perfect acidity - Bastardo - with its small bunches and early maturation, produces wines with delicate aromas - and Jean - being delicate and sensitive to rot, when well cultivated, produces soft and sophisticated wines, among others.
The whites are designated by Cercial - a variety of medium maturation capable of producing fresh wines with good aging capabilities - Bical - which is a strong variety and responsible for producing aromatic and well-structured wines - Encruzado - characterized by combining perfectly balance the acidity and sugar in their wines - and Malvasia-Fina – recognized for its unique, fresh and relatively complex wines. These white varieties are the ones that stand out in the region for producing fruity, fresh wines with light floral notes on the palate.
The Dão is the authentic translation of a region rich not only in history, but in breathtaking views, family wineries and marked by its genuine passion for Portuguese wine.