November 16, 2010 0

Portugal wine regions: Dao, Bairrada, and the Douro Valley

By in The Butler Wine-Show

Portugal week continues with a broad look at the wines.

You know how everyone goes “yeah Rioja, a real crowd pleaser” and orders it at the dinner table? Well, you can get one over on them by plumping for Portuguese wines.

Spain favours the tempranillo grape, and the same one is called Tinto Roriz in Portugal, so if you see that on a label you can order with confidence, and get something good and a little different.

There are loads of indigenous grape varieties in Portugal that you and I won’t recognise but you can tell a lot about the wine by the region, the principle ones being Dao, Bairrada, (light) and the Douro Valley (bigger and heavier).

The patchwork grape varieties of the Douro are famous for producing Port, but the younger growers there are really trying some interesting stuff – including some really great white wines.

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