Touriga Franca is a red grape variety native to Portugal and is an important grape used in the production of Port wines
Varietal Origin: Touriga Franca, also known as Touriga Francesa, is native to Portugal, specifically the Douro Valley region in northern Portugal. It is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the Douro Valley and is a key component in the production of Port wines, which are fortified wines.
Taste Profile: Touriga Franca produces wines with deep color, good structure, and intense flavors. The wines typically exhibit dark fruit flavors such as blackberry, blackcurrant, and plum, along with floral notes and spice. They are often described as being full-bodied, with firm tannins, and good acidity, making them well-suited for aging.
Regional Styles: Touriga Franca is primarily used in the production of Port wines, where it is often blended with other grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). It is also used in the production of still red wines in the Douro Valley, both as a single varietal wine and in blends. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in producing high-quality still red wines from Touriga Franca, showcasing its unique flavor profile and potential for producing complex, age-worthy wines