Region Of The Week: Dão

One of the oldest wine regions in Portugal, Phoenician traders and Roman colonists brought wines and grapes to the Dão region thousands of years ago. While Dão was originally known for their old-fashioned winemaking methods, they now use more modern methods, producing wines that are more approachable, fruitier, and juicier. Located south of the Douro Valley, Dão’s 20,000 hectares are surrounded by mountains in all directions, which shelters the region from direct influences of continental and maritime climates. Home to plenty of indigenous varietals, some of the more popular grapes are Touriga Nacional, Bical, Alfrocheiro, Encruzado, and Tinta Roriz.

Dao Wine Region Map From The Greene Grape

Quinta da Mariposa Dão Branco 2022

The simplest way to describe this wine is sunshine in a glass. Refreshing and bright, with notes of citrus, magnolia, honeysuckle, tangerine and lime blossom, this unoaked blend of Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, and Cerceal is perfect for casual sipping alongside appetizers or with fish and rice dishes.