Dão

IG – Terras do Dão / DOC – Lafões and DOC – Dão
General

This is one of the wine regions that surrounds the highest point of mainland Portugal: the Serra da Estrela. So the granite landscape, altitude vineyards and wines with a lot of personality are the highlights that make the Dão such a special region.

Wine Tourism

Wine and Serra da Estrela cheese is what comes to mind whenever one talks about the Dão region! Those alone are good enough reasons to pop by for a visit, but there’s more. 

When discovering this region, you will find granite landscape and rough terrain, but you will also find a few of the most beautiful and well-maintained vineyards in Portugal!

The region’s Welcome Centre is in Viseu and a good starting point for exploring the Dão Wine route. There you will find information about all the estates and producers available to take you in and share with you their knowledge, wines, cheese, and local produce.

Main cities to visit: Viseu, Nelas, Seia and Penalva do Castelo

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Main grape varieties

Main white varieties: Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina

Main red varieties: Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen

Dão is the birth region of the quintessential red variety Touriga Nacional, renowned for its flowery aromas, thus making very elegant wines.

The most surprising feature about the Dão wines, whether they are red or white, is their longevity. The wines are produced to last several years, and keep their quality, though they will still showcase their smoothness and character if opened shortly after bottling. 

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Location

WINERIES TO VISIT

Paço dos Cunhas & Casa de Santar Wines
One of the most iconic wine estates in the Dão region. Its wines are recognised for their tradition, authenticity, and nobility reasons, making this Dão brand so special and appreciated for its 400 years of history.
 
Quinta Madre de Água
A cozy farm set at the foot of the Estrela Mountains (Serra da Estrela), which includes a small hotel, restaurant, a stud farm, and production of wine, cheese, jams and olive oil.
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