Touriga Nacional In Australia

In Australia this variety is normally referred to just as Touriga

Terraced vineyards on Douro River in Portugal, the Home of Touriga NacionalTerraced vineyards on Douro River in Portugal, the home of Touriga Nacional

Port wine on the decline

Touriga Nacional is best known as a variety for producing Port and port-style wines, but it is increasingly used to make table wines.

In Portugal's Douro Valley Touriga Nacional, along with Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cao and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) are commonly blended to make port wine.  There are many other minor varieties used as well but these are main ones.

Only wines produced in Portugal are now permitted to be called Port. In the rest of the world similar wines are still produced under a variety of names, often including the word "fortified".

Port and other fortified red wines have declined markedly in popularity over recent decades and many vineyards which used to make Port and "Port" are used for table wines/

Touriga in Australia

In Australia the variety that is usually called Touriga is nearly always Touriga Nacional. There is another variety named Touriga Francesa, which is grown by Grey Sands Winery in Northern Tasmania's Tamar Valley.

In California wineries are more likely to be referring to  Touriga Francesa when they talk about Touriga.

Touriga was, and still is,  used in Australia to make fortified wines. But Touriga also makes good table wines, either as a varietal or as a blending partner with other red varieties such as Tempranillo.

The strong perfumed flavours and firm tannins of Touriga can be captured in table wines. The Portuguese use it for this purpose in several DOC regions, most often blended with other varieties.

Many of the Australian wineries listed below use Touriga mostly in blends to make table wines. Yarra Yering have made a Touriga dominant blend for many years under the label Dry Red No 3. This is a top end wine retailing at up to $100.

  • 919 Wines Riverland
  • Battle of Bosworth Wines McLaren Vale
  • Burge Family Winemakers Barossa Valley
  • Coates Wines McLaren Vale
  • De Iulius Hunter Valley
  • Dell'uva Wines  Barossa Valley
  • Della Fay Margaret River
  • First Drop Barossa Valley
  • Five o’Clock Project McLaren Vale
  • Fyffe Field North East Victoria
  • Gapsted Alpine Valleys
  • Grey Sands Northern Tasmania
  • Handcock and Handcock McLaren Vale
  • Hesketh Wines Barossa Valley
  • Kaesler Barossa Valley
  • Kangderaar Vineyard Bendigo
  • Mazza Geographe
  • Mount Majura Canberra
  • Myattsfield Vineyard and Winery Perth Hills
  • Old Mill Estate Langhorne Creek
  • Old Plains Adelaide Plains
  • Paulmara Estate Barossa Valley
  • Peel Estate Peel
  • Pennyweight Winery Beechworth
  • Piano Piano Beechworth
  • Piggs Peake Winery Hunter Valley
  • Pondalowie Bendigo
  • Quattro Mano Barossa Valley
  • Red Edge Heathcote
  • SC Pannell McLaren Vale
  • Seppletsfield Barossa Valley
  • Sevenhill Wines Clare Valley
  • St Hallett Barossa Valley
  • Stanton and Killeen Wines Rutherglen
  • Starvedog Lane Adelaide Hills
  • Surveyor's Hill Winery Canberra
  • Tapestry McLaren Vale
  • Three Dark Horses McLaren Vale
  • Toppers Mountain New England
  • Tscharke Barossa Valley
  • Vinterloper Adelaide Hills
  • Wagga Wagga Winery Riverina
  • Windsors Edge Hunter Valley
  • Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale
  • Woodonga Hill Hilltops

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