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Alto Douro Wine Region
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 18th century
Date of Inscription: 2001
Location: Europe, Portugal, Douro Region, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
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Description: Traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region have been producing Wine for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its chief produce, port wine, has been world renowned for its good quality. The long viticulture tradition has fashioned a cultural landscape of exceptional beauty that signals the site’s technological, social and economic evolution. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Douro is a Portuguese wine region centered around the Douro river in the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region. The region has Portugal's highest wine classification as a Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC). While the region is associated primarily with Port wine production, the Douro produces just as much table wines as it does fortified wines. Vineyards dedicated to Port production are usually planted on schist while areas with granite-based soils are used for table wine production. The style of wines produced in the Douro range from light, Bordeaux style claret to rich Burgundian style wines aged in new oak.The principle grapes of the Douro region includes Bastardo, Donzelinho Branco, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato, Mourisco Tinto, Tempranillo, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Viosinho. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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