Douro valley

douro valley

Where is the Douro valley in Portugal?

The Douro Valley is one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the whole of Portugal. It runs from Porto all the way across to the border of Spain, and is the oldest wine region in the world!

What is the history of wine in the Douro?

The Douro Wine Region Valley, up to Barca de Alva, is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. First, the river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then Man transformed the schist mountains into soil and walls and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-coloured in autumn.

What makes the Douro valley so special?

The beautiful terraced slopes of the Douro valley, covered in vines, start near Barqueiros, extending to Barca de Alva, and offer one of the most striking man-made rural landscapes. Until the late 19 th century, the river was the major access route inland and the means of transport for produce from the distant interior.

What is the weather like in the Douro Valley?

During this period, one can easily face temperatures around 35ºC (95ºF) to 40ºC (104ºF) and humidity ~70%, which can be rather uncomfortable. The Douro Valley runs through a 150km straight line from Mesão Frio (on the West, close to the Atlantic Ocean) to Freixo de Espada à Cinta (on the East, close to Spain).

Why visit the Douro valley in Portugal?

The Douro Valley, located in the northern region of Portugal, welcomes visitors to an enchanting world of terraced vineyards and dramatic landscapes. Considered to be the country’s premier wine region, it has gained in popularity in recent years as more and more travellers explore the region to get a taste of Portugal’s world-renowned wines!

How many miles long is the Douro Valley?

Stretching over 600 km (373 miles), the Douro Valley is a large historic and cultural region of Portugal, long devoted to vineyards and the production of some of the world’s best wine. How do you get to the Douro Valley?

What is the history of wine in the Douro?

The Douro Wine Region Valley, up to Barca de Alva, is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. First, the river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then Man transformed the schist mountains into soil and walls and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-coloured in autumn.

Where to stay in the Douro?

You can stay in a traditional Douro Valley quinta (rural lodge) and enjoy a boat ride on the river as part of Culture Trip’s specially curated nine-day Portugal tour, led by our local insider.

Why go to the Douro Valley?

Most work has to be done manually, the harvest not least. To see the spectacular, magnificent landscape is one of the reasons to go to the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. This is definitely one of the most spectacular wine regions in the world. Another reason to go is if you like port wine because this is where it is made.

What is the history of wine in the Douro?

The Douro Wine Region Valley, up to Barca de Alva, is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. First, the river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then Man transformed the schist mountains into soil and walls and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-coloured in autumn.

What is it like to work in a Douro vineyard?

The wine producers in the Douro Valley are used to hard work. The steep schist slopes, often terraced, that offer such breath-taking views to the wine tourists mean hard conditions for the workers in the vineyards. Most work has to be done manually, the harvest not least.

What is included in the Douro Valley tour?

The tour includes a full programme with visits to regional landmarks, themed meals and wine tastings. The beautiful terraced slopes of the Douro valley, covered in vines, start near Barqueiros, extending to Barca de Alva, and offer one of the most striking man-made rural landscapes.

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