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Port and Douro Wine Route

Paisagem do Douro Vinhateiro
Place: Douro
Photo: Turismo do Douro, Rui Pires
Photo: Turismo do Douro, Rui Pires

Don't miss
  • participate in the grape harvest in September and October, in most of the Douro quintas, especially those geared up for wine tourism.
  • participate in tastings on wine-producing quintas.
  • visit the Port Wine Lodges in Gaia, where Port is aged.
  • visit the wine producing villages of Barcos, Favaios, Provesende, Ucanha, Salzedas and Trevões

In the grandiose amphitheatre of the Douro Valley, classified World Heritage, man gave birth to Port wine and table wines of great quality.

Port wine is the oldest ambassador for Portugal. Grown on the terraces of the Douro, it proudly belongs to one of the oldest demarcated regions of the world, since the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (General Agricultural Company for the Vineyards of the Upper Douro) was created in 1756. Its mission was to set the boundaries of the region, register the vineyards and classify the wines according to their quality.

Douro table wines, which in recent decades have gained great renown and have been acclaimed across borders, thanks to the quality of both the reds and whites, and even the rosés, are also produced here.

Inseparable from the River Douro that runs through deep valleys from the border with Spain until near Porto, this region of schist mountains, with poor, harsh soils, was transformed by the actions of the men who planted the vineyards step by step. Green in summer, fiery red in autumn, the vineyards have created a unique landscape classified by UNESCO.

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