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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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
Monte da Ravasqueira 2017 MR Premium Rosé (Alentejano)PortugalFrom 100% Touriga Nacional, the wine is lightly structured as well as ...See Full Review$30
Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima 2018 Lagoalva Rosé (Tejo)PortugalSyrah and Touriga Nacional make successful partners in this crisply fruity wine. ...See Full Review$12
Brian Carter 2015 Opulento Dessert Wine Red (Yakima Valley)Columbia ValleyThis wine is a blend of 44% Touriga Nacional, 33% Souzão, 15% ...See Full Review$22
Quinta do Covão 2015 Reserva Touriga Nacional (Dão)PortugalFrom vineyards close to Portugal's highest mountain range, the Serra da Estrela, ...See Full Review$55
Global Wines 2011 Encontro 1 Red (Bairrada)PortugalA blend of half-and-half Baga and Touriga Nacional, this immensely ripe wine ...See Full Review$60
Quinta da Pacheca 2014 Lagar No 1 Reserva Red (Douro)PortugalFermented in a stone lagar, this blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga ...See Full Review$38
Quinta das Carvalhas 2015 Carvalhas Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalPure Touriga Nacional from the heartland of the Douro vineyards exhibits all ...See Full Review$25
Quinta da Pacheca 2015 Grande Reserva Touriga Nacional (Douro)PortugalThis fine, ripe and perfumed wine comes from a selection of grapes ...See Full Review$30
Herdade do Rocim 2016 Reserva Red (Alentejano)PortugalA fully wood-aged wine, this is rich with black fruits and solid ...See Full Review$25
Global Wines 2016 Q do E Encontro Preto Branco Reserva Red (Bairrada)PortugalGrown in the producer's Bairrada estate, this impressive wine is rich in ...See Full Review$16
Herdade do Rocim 2016 Red (Alentejano)PortugalCatarina Vieira's estate blend of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet is ...See Full Review$24
Herdade do Rocim 2017 Touriga Nacional (Alentejano)PortugalA dark, perfumed wine with ripe black currant flavors that are underlined ...See Full Review$22
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