Tag: Tempranillo

Portugal: Porto

Portugal has over 340 local grape varieties, but only about a dozen make quality wine. The ones used in the Douro wine region for the production of Port and still wines are Touriga Nacional,  Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Roriz– the Portuguese name for Tempranillo. In Porto, the city that gives name…
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December 15, 2009 0

Spain: La Mancha

La Mancha happens to be the largest demarcated wine region in the world and it lies just 200km south of Madrid. I spent a whole day at Pago del Vicario, in its beautiful organically designed complex that blends in with the landscape and its surrounding vineyards. The region is so flat that anything would stand…
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November 30, 2009 0

Spain: Toro

The first wine region I visited in Spain was Toro, one of the DOs found in Castilla y Leon, located around the Duero river west of Ribera del Duero and northwest of Rueda. The Duero crosses the region from east to west, becoming the Douro as it drifts through Portugal. Toro wine history dates back…
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November 29, 2009 0