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The Côa Valley Archaeological Park is located in the Upper Douro, and has extensive evidence of this region’s ancestral occupation dating back to pre-historic times.
It was during occupation by the Roman Empire that the wine culture began to develop in our region.
In 1756, the Marquis of Pombal defined and regulated the Douro Superior wine region, an unprecedented initiative that placed this area at the forefront of modern winemaking regions and denominations, which today still inspires the organisation of new wine regions all over the world.
The original landscape was dominated by massive cliffs overhanging the Douro River. In order to grow vines, human labour shaped these into terraces built along the contours of the hillsides, sustained by expanses of schist walls. All of this has led the Douro Superior wine region to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.


“Castello d’Alba was the first wine I launched – in 2000 – and I have always wanted it to reflect my experiences and my vision of a new Douro, putting together cutting edge winemaking with native grape varieties, creating its own modern and innovative style. Castello d’Alba emerges from the new wave that has transformed our region forever – at least as we knew it. Today, it is one of the Douro’s leading brands, and features in the best restaurants and hotels."

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“Fafide was one of the first places where I found it would be possible to fulfil my dream of producing wines in the Douro that could rival the best wines in the world.
From the beginning, Fafide has stood out due to its modern style and distinctiveness, reflecting the richness of the Douro’s terroir, since the grapes on this estate ripen without thermal or water stress, creating wines with a unique balance of concentration and elegance.
These quickly became a preference among the most demanding connoisseurs, featuring in the trade press in publications such as Decanter, Wallpaper and the Daily Telegraph.” 

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