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The UNESCO Wine region of Douro!

One of the things you don't want to miss out, in Northern Portugal, is to explore the scenic Douro Valley – the birthplace of Port wine – with its otherworldly, ever-changing terrain sculpted by centuries of hardy farmers.

The Douro River's steep and twisting canyons have been laboriously terraced to make a horizontal home for grape vines and olive and almond trees. Locals brag, "God made the earth, but man made the Douro".

Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, Port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution. Recognizing the importance of the landscape and the traditional wine production activities, in 2001, UNESCO classified 24,600 hectares of the Alto Douro Wine Region, divided into 13 counties, as a World Heritage.

Located between the slopes of the mountains surrounding the Douro River, the wine-producing quintas, carefully selected by A2Z, will provide you experiences associated with wine culture, gastronomy and local people's knowledge and culture.

The region’s gastronomy is unquestionably one of its most important treasures and, culinary tastes aside, the typical dishes are always widely appreciated and made with local products cultivated by farmers and shepherds in the area.

The people of the Douro need nothing more than the Douro to live and to be happy. As guardians of this beautiful land, they are happy to share it with visitors and they will make your experience worthwhile – one experience you will never forget.

Come and join A2Z in some unique walking and cycling trips in a region that will blow your mind with it's unique landscape, gastronomy, wine and beautiful wine hotels.

 

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The people of the Douro

2017-02-02

The people of the Douro need nothing more than the Douro to live and to be happy. As guardians of this beautiful land, they are happy to share it with visitors and they will make your experience worthwhile – one experience you will never forget.

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The Unesco Alto Douro Wine Region

2017-02-02

Demarcated in 1756, the Douro is one of the world’s oldest wine regions and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the human influence on its development. More than 2,000 years of wine making have shaped it into a terraced, vine-covered, wine-producing destination.

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