This entity is responsible for controlling the origin, guaranteeing the authenticity and promoting the wine products entitled to the Dão e Lafões Designation of Origin and the Terras do Dão Geographical Indication.
The Regional Wine Commission (C.V.R.) of Dão is the entity that represents the interests of economic agents involved in the production and marketing of wines (or other wine products) that have the Controlled Denomination of Origin (DOC) Dão. It is incumbent upon this body to guarantee their authenticity and quality, which is why it subjects them to strict coordination and control. These activities cover the entire wine production and marketing circuit, with the exclusive presence of the Agency's Technical Verification Agents in all operations. At the same time, the C.V.R. do Dão presents the functions of certification and authentication of wines, through the attribution of Seals of Guarantee, being responsible for their promotion.
The Dão Demarcated Region, established in 1908, deserves to be visited with attention. First, because the vines are hidden by pine trees, broom, brambles, behind stone walls. Sitting in a car, we are about a meter off the ground. We saw very little or nothing. You have to go on a quest to discover: to find men, step on the ground and breathe the magic of a cellar. The route of the journey goes through mountains and villages, along mountain paths or through the streets of historic towns, through the narrow paths of the mountains or along the banks of the rivers.
We travel through cities and villages, towns and places, nameless wastelands or forts of ancient nobility. We walked through the lands of Penalva, Tábua, Santa Comba; we take a look at the corners of Aguiar da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia, Sátão, Seia; we stopped in Carregal do Sal, in Arganil, in Mangualde; we go to Nelas, Oliveira do Hospital, Mortágua and Tondela. We taste the wine in farms or cellars behind austere facades between coats of arms and stonework. Second, no two fifths are the same and each is a defined universe. Finally, there is Viseu, a living museum, city of art and capital city of it all. This is all that fits inside the large enveloping saws that protect, close and keep secrets. In fact, only in secret is a masterpiece produced: the Dão wine.