Dão Sul / Global Wines

By Rui Falcão*


Dão Sul’s passion forBraziland their strong commitment to the country meant that they didn’t have to think twice before moving to Brazil. The region they choose to relocate to was the São FranciscoValley, in Brazil’s north-eastern “sertão” (backlands), a place previously devoted to the production of table grapes.

Dão Sul invested in some new, radical concepts when they planted more than 200 hectaresof vineyards at a latitude where for many years it was thought that vine cultivation wasn’t possible. They also had to adjust their traditional practices to suit the conditions that they encountered in the São FranciscoValley. Not wishing to impose the Portuguese winemaking model, Dão Sul did manage to introduce some of the more symptomatic and accomplished Portuguese grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Sousão - grapes that have proven to be crucial in the recognition of Dão Sul wines.

Twenty years after Dão Sul was founded, they expanded their operations in Portugal by increasing the number of vineyards in their native Dão.  The new vineyards included Quinta de Cabriz, Quinta dos Grilos, Casa de Santar and Paço dos Cunhas de Santar. The company also extended into the Dourowhere they now own two vineyards and a winery. They also expanded into Alentejo where they have an estate and winery, Bairrada where they have one vineyard and winery, as well as the Vinho Verde region.



* Rui Falcão is a renowned Portuguese wine journalist, author and wine educator.  He is also a judge at several international wine competitions.