The Douro is a Portuguese wine region of indescribable beauty. The Douro region received its first demarcation in 1756, at the hands of the Marquis of Pombal, acquired over the years a prominent place among the regions. Regarded as one of the greatest and beautiful wine-producing landscapes in the world, the Douro is presented as a giant amphitheater of schist and grapevines, one of the most prolific producing wine regions in Portugal. In such a scenario molded by force of human labor could only be born one of the best and most fascinating wines of the whole earth.
The world's oldest demarcated wine region is also a landscape of rare beauty and an undeniable historical importance. As such, was considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. This title is a tribute to the combined work of man and nature that comes to illustrate the universal value of the active role of a culture and a landscape of excellence.
This classified area are part of 13 municipalities, which, in addition to the vineyards, provide cultural and historical context in which unfolds the life of this region. It is a rich area in terms of architectural heritage, which will have the opportunity to admire when visiting the region. In the midst of hills, farms and vineyards stand out large manor houses of the eighteenth century, with its imposing facades that demonstrated the importance of families who lived in them. However, talking about the Douro is not just talking about a region. It is much more than that ... is to speak its history and its people, that make it so special. Know the Douro is not only visit the region is from a trip to the discovery of a unique place with a history, culture and unique people.
There are several explanations for the origin of the 'Douro' name. A legend says that it was customary seen rolling a small and bright pedritas, which came to be out of gold. Some also suggest that the name is due to the muddy color of the river water, a result of large amounts of debris that floods dragged down slopes and for being a bright yellow gave him a gold color. But there are still those who argue that this name derives from the Latin "Durius', ie 'hard', because of the hardness of their tortuous contours of tall, rocky cliffs.