The Port Vineyards
Possessing a unique combination of geography, climate, grape variety and wine making tradition, the Douro valley is Europe's oldest demarcated wine region originally defined in 1756.
Lying about 100 Kms inland from the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyard region is separated from the temperate and humid climate of the coast by the Marão Mountains Its hot dry summers, rocky free-draining soil and unique thick skinned grapes produce the concentration and richness flavour which are the essential qualities of Port wine. The mountainous vineyards of the Douro valley are among the world's most spectacular. The oldest are planted on narrow walled terraces clinging to the vertiginous hillsides and are now classified as a World Heritage site.