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Alto Douro Vinhateiro is a particularly representative a... - Secret World

Tras-os- Montes, Peso da Régua, Norte, 5000-651 Vila Real, Portogallo

by Karen Blixen
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Overview

Alto Douro Vinhateiro is a particularly representative area of the landscape that characterizes the vast Douro Demarcated Region, the oldest regulated wine-growing region in the world. The cultural landscape of the Alto Douro combines the monumental nature of the valley of the Douro River, made of steep slopes and poor, rugged soils. The ancestral and continuous action of Man is added to this, adapting the space to the Mediterranean-type agricultural needs that the region supports. This intimate relationship between human activity and nature allowed for the creation of an ecosystem of unique value. The features of the terrain are exploited in an exemplary way, modelling a terraced landscape, which preserves it from erosion and enables vines to be cultivated. The region produces the famous Port wine, which represents the main vector for promoting local technology, culture, tradition and economy.