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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Beaulieu Vineyard 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)NapaWith small doses of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Touriga Nacional, this well-made ...See Full Review$33
Quinta da Romaneira 2017 Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalThis is a wine that has been made for aging. Its dense ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$60
Quinta de Ventozelo 2014 Essência Red (Douro)PortugalThis is a rich blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, wood ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$40
Quinta das Carvalhas 2018 Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalThis powerful wine has structure, great fruits and rich tannins. A blend ...See Full Review$25
Quinta do Portal 2017 Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalThis is a dense wine, dominated by Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. ...See Full Review$32
Falua 2017 Conde Vimioso Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalThis massive, rich wine also has a great sense of style. Aged ...See Full Review$30
Quinta da Romaneira 2017 Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalPure Touriga Nacional packed with perfumed fruits along with rich tannins, this ...See Full Review$40
Quinta do Portal 2017 Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalWhat has become effectively the Douro's signature grape shows impressively in this ...See Full Review$50
Maçanita Vinhos 2017 Maçanita Irmãos e Enólogos Cima Corgo Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalFrom the Douro's heartland vineyards, this wine shows ripe, perfumed fruits and ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$60
Quinta do Casal Monteiro 2018 Clavis Aurea Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalA rich blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca with some structured ...See Full Review$25
Encostas de Estremoz 2017 Quinta da Esperança Reserva Red (Alentejano)PortugalA full, ripe wine that has a good dollop of Alicante Bouschet ...See Full Review$35
Global Wines 2016 Cabriz Reserva Red (Dão)PortugalTouriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Aragonez come together in this rich, spicy, juicy ...See Full Review$19
Carmim 2017 Monsaraz Touriga Nacional (Alentejo)PortugalAn elegant wine that is also rich and concentrated. It has black ...See Full Review$30
Herdade do Rocim 2018 Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)PortugalThis richly perfumed wine has beautifully juicy black fruits and generous tannins. ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Global Wines 2017 Cabriz Touriga Nacional (Dão)PortugalThe Touriga Nacional, native to the Dão, is densely structured and perfumed. ...See Full Review$17
Quinta de Ventozelo 2016 Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalPerfumed and structured, wine is balanced and ready to drink. Elegant black ...See Full Review$18
Quinta da Ribeirinha 2017 Vale de Lobos Reserva Touriga Nacional (Tejo)PortugalA dense wine, full of black fruits that give a jammy character ...See Full Review$17
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 2017 Reserva Touriga Nacional (Península de Setúbal)PortugalStructured and having a dry core, this is an elegant wine. Its ...See Full Review$20
Quinta da Lapa 2016 Nana Reserva Red (Tejo)PortugalBig and ripe, this blend of four grapes, including 50% perfumed Touriga ...See Full Review$17
Quinta de S. Sebastião 2019 Q.S.S. Rare Red (Lisboa)PortugalWith part of the proceeds going to preserve wildlife, this wine is ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
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