Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Portugal: Our journey through its vineyards and cellars (part 4 - Douro Valley)

Home of the world famous Port wines, the Douro Valley in northern Portugal is of the most spectacular wine regions of the world. With terraced vineyards at amazing heights, the scenery of the valley is fantastic.The name may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times: the Celtic root is *dubro- and in modern Welsh dwr is 'water' with cognate "dobhar" in Irish.
The Douro has the perfect terroir for cultivation of olives, almonds, and especially grapes. The region around Pinhão and São João da Pesqueira is considered to be the centre of Port wine, with its picturesque “quintas” clinging on to almost vertical slopes dropping down to the river.
These pictures were taken by Arnaldo and I during our journey through the vineyards and cellars of France, Spain and Portugal during the summer of 2009.
 I hope you enjoy them.

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