The end of the Red Central line, from the home of the finest fortified.


Douro is a pretty serious red wine, from the home of Port, in fact, most of it is made by the Port houses, using the same grapes. But it couldn’t be further away from it in the drinking. Yes, it’s big, but it has a freshness to it. The grapes used are not names that run off the tongue; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Francesa and Tinta Roriz (better known as Tempranillo). Which means it’s not a million miles away from Rioja, geographically and flavour-wise, but it has a bit more bite.

Things you should know

Top Tip: If you like a smoother style, look for the Crianza wines of Douro. They have been aged for longer to give them more complexity and smoothness.
Specific Food Match: Douro is a perfect companion to lamb. So try it with a Sunday roast, particularly with spring vegetables.
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