Touriga Nacional (red)

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[Grape Variety]

Although not widely known as a varietal, this rare, small-berried, dark-skinned Portuguese variety is nevertheless the highest quality grape that goes into the Douro Valley melting pot.

Image: Touriga Nacional, courtesy of Wines of Portugal

It is mainly blended with Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz. Still in Portugal, it' also one of the major grapes of Dão and is grown in Australia, where it's known simply as Touriga.

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