Bored of Rioja? Explore one station further down the Red Central Line to see what rich powerful reds Portugal can make using native grapes you will not have heard of. Best enjoy with a steak!
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Douro is a great alternative station for Rioja fans to explore… It’s made with a mix of Tempranillo (known as Tinta Roriz in Portugal), the Rioja grape, and some other grapes used to make Port which give it that rich, juicy flavour.
This station is right at the end of the Red Central Line so suitable for those who love big bold flavours.
Like most Douro wines, Vallado Douro is a rich, full bodied wine full of ripe dark fruit like cherries, plums & blackberries. This is a great match for roast & grilled red meats, it has enough flavour & tannins to deal with a steak or a juicy BBQ burger.
Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley. It was originally famous for Port wines. There has been huge modernisation since 1993 & the new winery was finished in 2009 which is full of state of the art technology. This means they can make some really drinkable, fruity wines without losing their tradition of using local grapes.