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Touriga Franca

Touriga Franca is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in Portugal and is an important component in producing the country's famous fortified wines. It is a dark blue-black grape variety with thick skins and small berries, producing wines of intense colour and structure.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Touriga Franca has a dark blue-black colour and thick skins. Its small berries are high in tannins and acidity, giving the wines a firm structure and good ageing potential. On the nose, aromas of fresh violet, blackberries, spices and coffee are present, while on the palate Touriga Franca wines can be full-bodied, with notes of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, plums, spices and chocolate.

Fresh Touriga Franca grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Touriga Franca is widely planted in Portugal, where it is primarily grown in the Douro and Dão regions. It is also grown in small quantities in the Azores and Spain. Touriga Franca is a mid to late ripening variety, with a high tolerance for drought. It is susceptible to botrytis but quite resistance to powdery mildew. In the Douro, the vineyards are terraced and the vines are trained as bush vines or on a trellis. Touriga Franca wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks for easier wine styles but some producers also age them in oak barrels. In the Douro, Touriga Franca is used to produce dry, full-bodied red wines, as well as fortified wines. In the Dão, Touriga Franca is used to produce lighter-bodied red wines with floral aromas and bright acidity. Touriga Franca wines are best enjoyed with food. They pair well with barbecued or grilled meats, roasted vegetables and dishes with intense flavours.

Foods to pair with Touriga Franca:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Fun Fact about Touriga Franca
Touriga Franca is the most widely planted variety in the Douro and is a key component of many of the region's top wines.

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