From Douro Region
From Douro Region
Located in Northeast Portugal, within the Douro River basin, surrounded by craggy mountains that give it very particular soil and climacteric characteristics.
Along the Douro River there are fields full of heritage and flowering grapes. Its qualities, such as the terraced plantations, have been classified as World Heritage and the natural beauty of the deep valleys crossed by the river Douro will surely leave you breathless.
The demarcated Region of the Douro is in deep valleys, protected by mountains, the climate in the region is characterized by very cold winters and hot, dry summers.
Here, great wines are produced under extremely specific conditions resulting from natural and human factors.
These wines are produced from native vines such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Aragonez), Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão. The great majority of these wines are the product of a blend of several varietals and they possess an unequalled complexity and richness that is so characteristic of the Douro Region.
There are great Douro white wines just waiting to be discovered. Dry whites are produced by blending several varietals such as Malvasia Fina,Viosinho, Gouveio and Rabigato.
Port Wine stands out from ordinary wines due to its unique characteristics: an enormous variety of types that surprise us with the wealth and intensity of their incomparable aromas, a highly persistent aroma and flavour, a high alcohol content (usually between 19 and 22% vol.), a vast range of degrees of sweetness and a assortment of colours.
The wine-producing Douro region is one of the oldest protected wine regions in the world.
In 1756, during the rule of the Marquis of Pombal, the C.G.A.V.A.D., also known as the General Company of Viticulture of the Upper Douro or Douro Wine Company, was founded to guarantee the quality of the product and fair pricing to the end consumer. The C.G.A.V.A.D. was also in charge of regulating which port wine would be for export or internal consumption and managing the protected geographic indication. Now it’s part is played by IVDP.