Távora and VarosaThis region is located at the foothills of Serra da Nave, between the rivers Paiva and Távora, in the Valley of Varosa.
It shows traces of human occupation since proto-history. Romans, Swabians and Visigoths have passed through this region, the Cister Monks chose it to build some of the most impressive architectonical examples of their order. The monastery of S.João da Tarouca is a good example, built in the 12th century, the first in the Iberian Peninsula. Birthplace of the writer Aquilino Ribeiro, it produces some of the best wines and sparkling wines in Portugal.
The vineyards area, with about 2100 hectares and including the municipalities of Lamego, Tarouca, Moimenta da Beira, Armamar, Tabuaço, S. João da Pesqueira, Sernancelhe and Penedono, is influenced by the harsh climate.
Its unique climate and soil conditions, with mostly granitic soils, poor in limestone, sometimes schist and acid, with marked erosion, with a continental dry temperate clime, harsh winters, make this region to be special for the production of wines, although the land ownership is quite divided.
With regard to the white wines, the natural acidity, the intense aroma and the citrus character, bright and fresh, allow the enhancement of their quality, but in a similar way, the red wines have that delicacy in the aroma and a noble body, achieving excellent aromas with time.
The predominant grape varieties are Bical, Cerceal, Fernão Pires, Gouveio and Malvasia Fina in the whites, and Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional in the red ones.
The French varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reflect the quality of the sparkling wines, which have an almost centennial presence in the region. This was the first national wine region to be demarcated for the production of sparkling DOC wine, in 1989.
The region Távora-Varosa is a small region known for the production of sparkling wines and for its characteristics.
The Douro Valley landscape shares the land, the sky, the water and the farms. It’s a region full of slopes with terraces made by man. These terraces, made of shale, retain the water and maintain the soil at a constant temperature.
We recommend you to visit the region at the time of the harvest, in mid-September and mid-October.
Peso da Régua Station, +351 806 208 208. More info.: www.cp.pt.