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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Vinha Paz 2015 Reserva Red (Dão)PortugalFermented in open lagars, this wine, with its dominance of Touriga Nacional, ...See Full Review$45
Quinta do Covão 2015 Red (Dão)PortugalUnder the same ownership as Quinta da Foz in the Douro, this ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$45
Ribafreixo 2015 Gáudio Reserva Red (Alentejo)PortugalThis limited production wine, a blend of Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet, ...See Full Review$30
Monte da Ravasqueira 2016 Ravasqueira Reserva da Família Red (Alentejano)PortugalTouriga Nacional and Syrah come together in this harmonious wine. Its ripe ...See Full Review$20
Casa Relvas 2017 Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada Red (Alentejano)PortugalA blend of four grapes, including Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon, this ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Boas Quintas 2017 Fonte do Ouro Tinto Reserva Red (Dão)PortugalHalf Touriga Nacional, this structured wine, with its nine months in wood, ...See Full Review$19
Ribafreixo 2015 Gáudio Clássico Red (Alentejo)PortugalWith a year in wood, this is a richly structured wine. Its ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$18
Fiuza 2017 Silent Oak Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalThe blend of Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet is firmly structured with ...See Full Review$19
Quinta Seara d'Ordens 2016 Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalThis solidly textured wine is rich with black fruits. Its mineral texture, ...Best BuySee Full Review$14
Caves Velhas 2016 Catedral Reserva Red (Dão)PortugalThis is a firm wine with some serious tannins that lie over ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Fiuza 2018 Native Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalThis blend of Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon brings together two noble ...Best BuySee Full Review$14
Ciconia 2018 Touriga Nacional-Syrah-Aragonez Red (Alentejano)PortugalA blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Aragonez, the wine is soft ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Falua 2016 Reserva Unoaked Touriga Nacional (Tejo)PortugalStill with some firm tannins, this wine has structure and concentration. The ...See Full Review$50
Global Wines 2016 Cabriz Touriga Nacional (Dão)PortugalThis pure Touriga Nacional from its home region is firm with tannins, ...See Full Review$18
Quinta do Casal Monteiro 2017 Clavis Aurea Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalAn all-Douro grape blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, ...See Full Review$20
Caves Velhas 2015 Casaleiro Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalA full, rich blend of Syrah, Castelão and Touriga Nacional, this is ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Global Wines 2016 Cabriz Red (Dão)PortugalProduced from organically grown grapes, the wine is a blend of Touriga ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Enoport 2016 Rabisco Red (Tejo)PortugalThis is a rich, smooth wine with fine black fruits and generous ...See Full Review$16
Quinta de Soalheiro 2016 Soalheiro Bruto Rosé Sparkling (Minho)PortugalA soft, creamy blend of Alvarinho and Touriga Nacional, this is a ...See Full ReviewN/A
Fiuza 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon-Touriga Nacional Rosé (Tejo)PortugalThis is a light crisp wine where the tannins of the Cabernet ...See Full Review$15
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