The Douro

Dominated by the success of Port wine, the Douro has heavily focused upon its production and table wine has traditionally played second fiddle, despite matching the fortified wines in terms of production levels. When Alan and Mary returned with bottles of wine from the Douro for us to try we were surprised in the office and (sorry guys) a little sceptical. I’m happy to admit that this was to prove unfounded.

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There are a range of grape varieties grown in this region, most of which make it into Port. These include red grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, and white grapes like Viosnho and Gouveio. Yeah, I don’t know much about them either which is why I find wine made with them exciting and new. I’m sure you will agree when you try the wines. 


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