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Touriga Franca / Touriga Francesa

Now usually refered to as Touriga Franca, this variety is the most planted variety in the Douro and is used in the production of both Port as well as dry reds, Touriga Francesca is lighter and more perfumed than Touriga Nacional and is often used to lighten up Touriga Nacional’s bolder characteristics. Some have compared Touriga Francesca and Touriga Nacional to Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively in terms of their symbiotic relationship. Both grapes, however, need challenging conditions in order to keep yields low. As a result, the Douro makes an idyllic area to grow. ...
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