Using the words of the great Portuguese Writer Miguel Torga, the Douro Valley Region is like a geological poem.
Portugal has the oldest wine appellation in the world in the Douro Demarcated Region in Douro Valley, established in the middle of the eighteenth century. Known worldwide for its terraced hillsides, the beauty of this region strikes any person who has been in the most beautiful places on earth. Its terraces, designed in detail along the river banks represent the hard work of several generations of wine producers, who over the years have achieved the giant task of planting astonishing vineyards and other cultures in this hostile soil made of schist and clay. Wine production is undoubtedly one of its greatest values. Historians believe that the vines have been first cultivated in Portugal around 2000 B.C and since then this region became one privileged site for the production of wine because of its climate and excepcional quality of its soil.
The region has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, a high distinction that consecrates this land as one of the most beautiful places in the World.