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Alto Douro Wine Region

Alto Douro Wine Region: The beautiful landscape of the Alto douro is located along the Douro River in Portugal. Wine has been produced in the Alto Douro Wine Region for more than two thousand years. The long tradition of viticulture has produced a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Terraced vineyards are common in the Alto Douro Wine Region. Since the 18th century the main product of the Alto Douro is the famous port wine. The Alto Douro Wine Region is the third oldest protected wine region in the world, after the Tokaj Wine Region in Hungary and the Chianti in the Tuscany wine region in Italy. The port wine became an important part of the Portuguese trade with Great Britain. Traditional 'Rabelo' boats were used to transport the wine barrels from the Alto Douro Wine Region down the Douro River to the city of Porto. Nowadays road tanker trucks are used. The Alto Douro Wine Region consists of terraced vineyards, wine-producing farms, known as quintas, and several villages, such as Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Côa Valley, famous for its Prehistoric Rock Art. The Alto Douro Wine Region is an UNESCO World Heritage where people live and work. The Alto Douro Wine Region gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

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Alto Douro Wine Region - The breathtaking landscape of the Alto Douro Wine Region is situated along the Douro River in Portugal. The Alto Douro Wine...

The breathtaking landscape of the Alto Douro Wine Region is situated along the Douro River

in Portugal. The Alto Douro Wine Region is most famous for its port wine. The earliest known

mention of the port wine dates from 1675, the Alto Douro is one of the oldest protected wine

regions in the world. The Alto Douro Wine Region became an UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

  1. Alto Douro Wine Region - The breathtaking landscape of the Alto Douro Wine Region is situated along the Douro River in Portugal. The Alto Douro Wine...

    The breathtaking landscape of the Alto Douro Wine Region is situated along the Douro River

    in Portugal. The Alto Douro Wine Region is most famous for its port wine. The earliest known

    mention of the port wine dates from 1675, the Alto Douro is one of the oldest protected wine

    regions in the world. The Alto Douro Wine Region became an UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

  2. Alto Douro Wine Region - The terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro Wine Region are situated along the Douro and its tributaries. The Alto Douro Wine Region has...

    The terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro Wine Region are situated along the Douro and its

    tributaries. The Alto Douro Wine Region has been producing wine for almost two thousand

    years. The amazing landscape of the Alto Douro was shaped by nature and human activities.

    The Alto Douro Wine Region was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.

  3. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: A quinta is a wine producing farm, the quinta is surrounded by the unique terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro. The...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: A quinta is a wine producing farm, the quinta is surrounded by the

    unique terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro. The Alto Douro is almost exclusively dedicated

    to producing the port wine. The Alto Douro is one of the oldest protected wine regions in the

    world. The Alto Douro Wine Region was demarcated between 1757 and 1761.

  4. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro. Since the 18th century the main product of the Alto Douro Wine Region is...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro. Since the 18th century

    the main product of the Alto Douro Wine Region is the famous port wine. The long tradition

    of viticulture has produced a landscape of outstanding beauty. The demarcated region of

    the Alto Douro covers more than 26 million hectares.

  5. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards and a quinta, a wine-producing farm. There are also fig and olive orchards in the Alto...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards and a quinta, a wine-producing farm.

    There are also fig and olive orchards in the Alto Douro Wine Region. The Alto Douro is also

    famous for its almond, cherry and orange trees. One of the striking sights is the blossoming

    of the almond trees in early spring.

  6. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: The landscape of the Alto douro is located along the River Douro and its tributaries, the landscape consists of...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: The landscape of the Alto douro is located along the River Douro

    and its tributaries, the landscape consists of terraced vineyards, wine-producing farms and

    many villages, such as Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the valley of the Côa River, a tributary of the

    Douro River. The Côa Valley is also famous for its impressive Prehistoric Rock Art.

  7. Alto Douro Wine Region - The traditional 'Rabelo' boats were used to transport the wine barrels from the Alto Douro Wine Region down the river Douro to...

    The traditional 'Rabelo' boats were used to transport the wine barrels from the Alto Douro

    Wine Region down the river Douro to the city of Porto, in the western part of Portugal.

    The 'Rabelo' boats. were used for centuries, they were replaced by the railway in the 19th

    century. Nowadays road tanker trucks are used.

  8. Alto Douro Wine Region - The unique scenery of the Douro Valley. Wine has been produced in the Alto Douro Wine Region for almost 2000 years. The long tradition of...

    The unique scenery of the Douro Valley. Wine has been produced in the Alto Douro Wine

    Region for almost 2000 years. The long tradition of viticulture has produced a landscape of

    outstanding beauty. Since the 18th century the main product of the Alto Douro is the famous

    port wine. The Alto Douro is an UNESCO World Heritage in the category cultural landscape.

  9. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: Port wine was very popular in England. After 1703, merchants from England were allowed to establish port wine...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: Port wine was very popular in England. After 1703, merchants from

    England were allowed to establish port wine lodges in Porto in Portugal, this explains the

    English names of the numerous port houses in Vila Nova de Gaia, a wine district in the city

    of Porto. The Alto Douro is an UNESCO World Heritage Site where people live and work.

  10. Alto Douro Wine Region - Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards and a quinta, a Portuguese wine-producing farm. The Alto Douro is a good example of a...

    Alto Douro Wine Region: The terraced vineyards and a quinta, a Portuguese wine-producing

    farm. The Alto Douro is a good example of a traditional wine-producing region. On the steep

    and rocky slopes vines have been grown since Roman times. The Cultural landscape of the

    Alto Douro is an outstanding example of a traditional European wine producing region.