Why Douro Valley?

Why Douro Valley?

The impressive cultural landscape of the Douro, the first wine region demarcated in the world in 1756 and also considered a World Heritage Site in 2001 in recognition of the spectacular beauty of both the natural and built landscape and the heritage associated with the Port producing industry. During centuries, local people have produced a great variety of outstanding wines, fighting against natural adversities such as soil poverty, large slopes and irregular rainfall. Traditional and modern vineyards reveal the long regional history recorded in the landscape – an exclusive cultural heritage. Douro Valley offers a unique landscape in the world, but also unique experiences, wonderful wine hotels, the substance gastronomy, cruising up the Douro river, and of course the wines - Port Wine, DOC Douro and Muscatel wines. Douro region waits for you, whether you come by car, boat, train or helicopter!

The history of the vineyard region

Its origins go back to the second half of the seventeenth century, when Port Wine began to be produced and exported in quantity, especially to England. To demarcate the physical space of the region were then ordered to implant 201 granite frames. In the year of 1761 are placed another 134 pombaline landmarks, making a total of 335. In 1907, the demarcated region is again delimited, extending to the Upper Douro.

Curiosities

* 33 thousand wine producers * 250 thousand hectares of area, 45 thousand of which with vineyards * 208 km of waterway between Foz do Douro and Barca D'Alva * More than 100 boats operate on the Douro River * 1 282,241 passengers traveled by boat on the Douro River (in 2017)

Port Wine

* Categories: Tawny, Ruby, White and Rosé * Ruby Style: Bottle aging Porto Ruby Reservation Porto Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Vintage Port * Tawny Style: Aging on Wood Porto Tawny Reservation Porto Tawny 10, 20, 30 or 40 years Porto Harvest