A high granitic plateau in the central northern belt of Portugal. The soil, and altitude both contribute to the classic succulent character in both red and white wines from this region. After years of suppression through archaic laws stopping growers from taking their own wines to market, this region is casting off its shackles of the past like no other.
In the Dão, Quinta dos Roques and the organic Maias have long been trailblazers, yet remain at the head of the field. Carlos Raposo has returned to his home with Vinhos Imperfeitos. Niepoort have also turned their sights to interpretations of Dão, with their Biodynamic hub now based at Quinta da Lomba. The resultant wines are quite captivating!