Dão is a Portuguese wine region situated in the center of, Portugal. The Dão was first officially recognized as a AOC in 1908
The wine region is located primarily on a plateau that is sheltered on three sides by the granite mountain ranges of Serra da Estrela, Serra do Caramulo and Serra da Nave. This helps the area maintain its temperate climate away from the effects of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The region experiences abundant rainfall in the winter months and long, warm dry summers leading up to harvest. The region's vineyards are planted on sandy well-drained soil on top of granite rock.
The red wines tend to be very fruit-forward styles with smoother tannins, elegant and with great capability of ageing, most of the wines are made with Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro.
The white wines are fresh, fruity, fragrant. and full-bodied, The Encruzado is the principal grape of the area's whites, with some blends of Malvasia Fina and Bical.