Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s best-known red grape variety, one that many consider to be the country’s finest. It is vital in Port production, and is also a popular option for producing dry red wine in its native Dão region. Touriga Nacional is also grown in Australia, California and South Africa, though it’s true home is within Portugal, where it contributes to many of the country’s best bottlings and most cellar-worthy wines.
Touriga Nacional is a low-yielding vine and produces very small, concentrated and think-skinned berries. In the vineyard, Touriga Nacional requires extensive pruning and careful vineyard management. Touriga Nacional wines have deep color, very high tannins, a large concentration of fruit, and often a distinctive floral character on the nose. They are not shy on intensity or character, and, when well balanced, are ideal wines to collect and cellar for medium- to long-term aging.
Touriga Nacional remains a crucial component in Port wine production. The fruit for Port must be grown in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Though it is not the most widely planted grape—that would be Touriga Franca, formerly known as Touriga Francesca—it is one of the quintessential Port varieties.
The Touriga Nacional grape is thought to have originated in the mountainous Dão region, 80 kilometers south of the Douro Valley. These old vineyards were restored in the 1990s, when considerable new plantings of Touriga Nacional were introduced to the region. Touriga Nacional wine from Dão may be single variety, or blended with other grapes such as Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz. These wines are deep ruby-colored, with intense dark-fruit flavors and elegant structure.
Besides fortified Ports and Dão reds, Touriga Nacional is also used for red table wines from the Douro region. While dry wine production remains small in comparison to Port, these are high-quality wines and worth seeking out. Touriga Nacional may be blended here alongside Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. They are typically full-bodied wines, with intense tannins, bold black-fruit flavors and great longevity.
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Fiuza 2019 Ducado do Infante Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalA rich blend of 50-50 Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet, the wine ...See Full Review$16
Fiuza 2019 Eminente Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalA ripe, wood-aged blend of Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet, this is ...See Full Review$25
Magnum Carlos Lucas Vinhos 2017 Pinha Ribeiro Santo Reserva Red (Dão)PortugalThis poised wine is made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro. ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$17
Quinta da Romaneira 2018 Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalThis is a generously structured, finely perfumed wine. By revealing Touriga Nacional ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$40
Quinta do Covão 2017 Reserva Touriga Nacional (Dão)PortugalPure Touriga Nacional, aged in wood and from vineyards close to the ...See Full Review$55
J. Portugal Ramos 2017 Vinha de S. Lázaro Touriga Nacional (Alentejo)PortugalAn impressively rich and finely textured wine, this has both ripe black ...See Full Review$25
Quinta da Romaneira 2018 Tinto Red (Douro)PortugalThe main estate wine from this spectacular quinta on the north bank ...See Full Review$30
Dorina Lindemann 2017 Sel. 16 Colheita Seleccionada Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)PortugalA perfumed wood-aged wine, this is produced from a Touriga Nacional selection ...See Full ReviewN/A
Magnum Carlos Lucas Vinhos 2017 Lilás by Carlos Lucas Red (Douro)PortugalThis is a finely structured, dense blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga ...See Full Review$16
Adega Cooperativa do Cartaxo 2017 Bridão Reserva Tinto Red (Tejo)PortugalSeriously rich, spicy and packed with black fruits, this is a solid ...See Full Review$17
Casa Santos Lima 2018 Cigarra Gran Passo Reserva Red (Lisboa)PortugalThis is a rich, full blend of Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. ...See Full Review$26
Casa Santos Lima 2019 Lab Reserva Red (Lisboa)PortugalA blend of Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine is ...See Full Review$15
Quinta da Pacheca 2019 Pacheca Superior Red (Douro)PortugalFermented in granite lagars, the wine has weight, richness and generous texture. ...See Full Review$15
Real Companhia Velha 2015 Quinta dos Aciprestes Grande Reserva Talhão 14 Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalProduced from a small parcel of 25-year-old vines known as Talhão 14, ...See Full Review$75
Quinta do Pinto 2016 Grande Escolha Red (Lisboa)PortugalThis rich blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Touriga Nacional is bold ...See Full Review$34
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2017 Grande Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalBlending Touriga Nacional and 100-year-old vines, this wine is impressively rich. Dusty ...See Full Review$123
Fiuza 2019 Ikon Touriga Nacional (Tejo)PortugalThe top wine from this producer is rich, dense and an impressive ...See Full Review$54
Quinta das Carvalhas 2016 Carvalhas Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalThis is a finely textured wine, just approaching maturity but its tannins ...See Full Review$75
Companhia das Quintas 2014 Uniqo Grande Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalBlending Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca with just a touch of Touriga ...See Full Review$60
Amador Cellars NV Doce Flor Touriga Nacional (Amador County)Sierra FoothillsThis luscious, fortified wine made from a variety famous in Portugal is ...See Full Review$28
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