WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING DOURO, PORTUGAL

The Douro is a Portuguese wine region centred on the Douro River and stretches from the Marao Mountains to the frontier with Spain. The vineyard area has a warm continental climate as a result of being shielded from the cooling Atlantic winds by the mountains.

Wine production in the Douro is dominated by Port, but unfortified wines have always been made. Both Port and unfortified wines rely on the same five principal grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão.

The Touriga Nacional is considered the highest-quality variety and is the most well known. It gives low yields of grapes and produces wines that have intense colour and flavours and high levels of tannin. The red wines of the Douro tend to be deeply coloured and full-bodied with a high level of ripe tannins and rich black flavours. The best examples often display subtle toasty aromas from maturation in new oak. The white wines can show fresh varietal fruit and medium to high acidity.

To discover wine of this region we suggest to taste The 2016 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional. This is a premium wine produced exclusively from Touriga Nacional grapes and that is only bottled in years when the highest levels of quality and excellence are achieved.

The wine is deep purple in colour. The nose shows elegant notes of violet with delicate hints of fresh spice and wild berry fruit. Well-balanced on the palate, evolving into a wine of excellent volume, with fine-textured tannins and aromas of violet. The finish is fresh and lingering.

Amsterdam, June 8th 2020