Grape Varieties S-T Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional

Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional Wine

Touriga Franca – Touriga Nacional is a classic blend of Portuguese red-wine grapes used mostly in the Dao and Douro regions to make both dry table wines and fortified wines. Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional are two of the five key varieties used to make Port, Portugal's most famous wine; the others are the three Tintos (Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cao).

The relationship between the Tourigas bears marked similarities to that which exists between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. To begin with, both pairings are used to make the most celebrated wine style of their respective nations: the Tourigas make Port, the Cabernets make the most famous reds of Bordeaux. Both pairings also consist of one more-popular variety, which provides backbone and richness (Nacional/Sauvignon), and a less-favored variety, which contributes a lighter, more perfumed element (Franca/Franc). Beyond that, the proposed parent-offspring relationship between the Tourigas (Franca may be the child of Nacional) reflects that of the Cabernets (Sauvignon is the child of Franc).

Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional Grapes

Touriga Nacional vines produce a small, high-quality crop of tannic, deeply colored berries; the wines they make are rich, intense and cellar-worthy. The trade-off for this is that the variety is very sensitive to poor weather during flowering, which can lead to unreliable fruit set and therefore unreliable yield. Touriga Franca, by contrast, has very consistent yields, and ripens reliably when planted in warm sites such as those found on the south-facing slopes of the Douro Valley. It is precisely this quality that has made Touriga Franca the most widely planted grape variety throughout the Douro region. But there is more to Touriga Franca than just a reliable crop; the heady, vibrant, mulberry-like aromas it brings to wines should not be overlooked.

The two Tourigas make a natural, harmonious pairing. They complement each other's strengths both in the vineyard and in the winery, so it makes perfect sense that the combination is being adopted in Portugal's other key wine regions, notably Estremadura – Lisboa, Ribatejo and Alentejo.

Food matches for Touriga Franca – Touriga Nacional wines include:

  • Roasted wild boar with red-wine jus (dry)
  • Chicken mole (dry)
  • Aged cheeses like vintage Cheddar, Stilton & Double Gloucester (fortified)

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Most Popular Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional Wine

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Wine Name
Region
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
P+S Prats & Symington Chryseia, Douro, Portugal Douro 1,050th 93 $70
Symington Altano Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 15,665th 90 $17
Andreza Grande Reserva Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 29,017th 90 $25
Quinta dos Aciprestes Grande Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 32,351st 91 $32
Passagem Red, Douro, Portugal Douro 38,880th 90 $19
Quinta da Pacheca Vale de Abraao, Douro, Portugal Douro 47,892nd $64
Andreza Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca, Douro, Portugal Douro 57,344th 88 $16
Palato do Coa Grande Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 57,344th 90 $52
Quinta da Pacheca Lagar N.1 Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 69,687th $48
Quinta dos Selores 'Milagre' Tinto Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 69,687th 87 $9
Quinta de S. Jose Grande Reserva Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 71,382nd 90 $48
Quinta da Plansel Dorina Lindemann Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional Limited Edition, Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal Alentejo 75,025th 88 $40
Quinta de Arcosso Superior Bago a Bago, Tras-os-Montes, Portugal Tras-os-Montes 79,122nd 88 $37
Caves Messias Vinha de Santa Barbara, Douro, Portugal Douro 81,320th 89 $19
Quinta do Tedo Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 83,587th 89 $24
Vieira de Sousa Tinto Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 83,587th 88 $15
Palato do Coa Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 83,587th 89 $20
Piorro Grande Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 83,587th $33
Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 'Margem', Douro, Portugal Douro 94,686th 89 $37
Titan of Douro Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 97,932nd $11
Cottas Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 101,401st 87 $9
Calem 'Curva' Reserva Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 101,401st 88 $16
Quinta das Apegadas Quinta Velha Grande Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 113,626th 88 $29
Duorum O. Leucura Cota Tinto Reserva, Douro, Portugal Douro 118,350th 91 $96
Barao de Vilar Zom Reserva Tinto, Douro, Portugal Douro 118,350th $12
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