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Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is the best of the grapes that are blended for Port.  It has been used in Port making as far back as the 18th century.  Touriga Nacional is an early maturing grape that makes wines of especially deep color, intense fruity aroma and tannin.  This variety grows rapidly and is adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions including limited rainfall. It is grown mostly in Portugal.

The Touriga Nacional variety makes the best of the Ports but its yields are small (less than 1/2 of other key varieties) and it is the most expensive of the grapes to use.  It is used in high percentages only in the best Ports.

This grape produces wines with smooth, soft textures that have excellent aging potential.