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31 Dec 2003 by JR
Dão Wine region in north central Portugal with the reputation of producing some of the country's best red wines. There is no doubt that the region has great potential. Locked in on three sides by high, granite mountains and sheltered from the Atlantic, Dão benefits from long, warm summers and abundant winter rainfall. The sandy soils are well drained and the vineyards are stocked with a wealth of indigenous grape varieties. In modern times, however, the wines have rarely lived up to expectations. Dão became a Região Demarcada in 1908 but since the 1940s it has suffered from heavy-handed...

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