THE VALLEY OF GREAT WINES
The basin of the Douro is the birthplace of some of the greatest wines of Iberian Peninsula. The Douro River rises in Spain and flows westwards to Portugal and the Atlantic. In Spain, its course takes it through the wine regions of Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Toro. Where the river turns south and forms the borderline between Portugal and Spain, marks the eastern edge of the Douro Region, world famous for the Port Wine and more recently for classy still wines DOC Douro.
VINEYARD AREA (ha)
WORLD HERITAGE SITES - UNESCO
ALTO DOURO WINE REGION (2001)
PREHISTORIC ROCK-ART SITE OF THE CÔA VALLEY (1998)
DOURO INTERNATIONAL NATURAL PARK
THE DOURO WINE REGION
The Douro wine region was the first appellation of origin of the world, created in 1756. In our region, the vineyards grow in terraces built across the contour lines, supported by long walls made of schist. Framed by the Douro International Natural Park and the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, all these characteristics made the breath-taking landscape of the Douro valley become the first wine region in the world to be recognized as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
THE DOURO’S WINERY
It was in our Douro’s winery, in São João da Pesqueira, that everything started in 1999. It’s here that we vinify and age all our Douro wines, from stainless steel tanks to the cellar of oak barrels with controlled temperature, and it is where we preserve all the historical heritage of the company’s wines. The Douro’s winery is our main centre of operations, from the bottling line to the shipment, according with ISO 9001: 2008 quality certification standards.