Just south of the Douro Valley, Dão is the oldest established region for dry wines, as the Douro was originally formed for the protection of the Port wine trade. The vineyards are oases between pine forests and rocky hills and deep valleys.
Known for its granite soils, varied topography, and multiple well-established sub-regions, this region also includes Portugal’s highest mountain, the Serra da Estrela. The vineyards of Dão are famous for their diminutive size; tiny jewels often no bigger than a backyard! It is because of this vineyard and landscape diversity that Dão wines are so revered in Portugal.
Wine profiles are typically elegant with good minerality, and bright fresh fruit. The primary white varietals are Encruzado, Bical, Cercial, Malvasia Fina, Rabo de Ovelha, and Verdelho. Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz are prominent red grapes, in addition to Baga, Bastardo and Tinta Pinheira.