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, and remain at the head of the field. Carlos Raposo has recently returned to his homeland with Vinhos Imperfeitos and World Wild Wines.