DOC – What is it and what is it for?
Let’s go by parts, to understand the whole. DOC, acronym for Controlled Denomination of Origin, is a certification system for products of Portuguese agricultural origin. A seal of quality that defines not only a geographically delimited region of origin, but also a set of rules and good practices regulated in its own locality. It is, therefore, a guarantee of excellence that attests to consumers and other manufacturers that the product is genuine and specifies the precautions taken throughout the manufacturing process. Under the DOC umbrella there are various products, including wines from certain areas, such as the Dão demarcated region.
The criteria for DOC wines define not only the geographical area of origin, but also many other parameters, ranging from soil typology, farming practices, winemaking methods, authorized and recommended varieties. The minimum natural alcohol content and the aging time in bottle or cask are also defined and regulated.
Controlled Denomination of Origin Dão, or DOC Dão for short, defines a geographical area that covers several municipalities in the districts of Coimbra, Guarda and Viseu, in Beira Alta, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Portugal. Here you will find Quinta do Cruzeiro, the mother house of Julia Kemper wines. As noted, a postal code is not enough to earn the DOC designation, and in the case of wines, scrutiny is rigorous. Depending on the edaphoclimatic characteristics, that is, the type of soil and climate of the region, Dão DOC has also defined the following grape varieties as recommended:
Aragonez (Tinta Roriz)
Rabo de Ovelha
Created in 1990, the Dão DOC designation is a guarantee of quality in a geographical area that has long been recognized as a land of good wines, and which was officially designated a Demarcated Region way back in 1908.
The magic of Dão DOC wine
A place of pure magic, whose wine springs from granitic soil and extreme climate and is created from the hands of people who never gave up. Dão is the place that the noble Touriga Nacional, among many other indigenous grape varieties, has chosen to call home, although birthplace is also claimed by the Douro, a little further up the map. It is a variety that is characterized by its small, oblong bunches and small dark-skinned grapes.
This part of the country is also famous for creating some of the best Portuguese reds, mostly produced from the inevitable Touriga Nacional varietal, but also from Tinta Roriz, Jaen and Alfrocheiro. They go to produce wines with ruby red tones, fruity aromas, good acidity and aging potential.
When it comes to white wines, Encruzado is the main varietal, often combined with others, such as Malvasia.
Dão DOC wines are known for their character and elegance, with their floral notes and noble tannins.