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Trip up Douro Valley, Portugal.


We wanted to visit the Douro Valley and see the vineyards. The heart of the Douro, a UNESCO heritage site, is the beautiful village of Pinhão. Unlike many other towns or villages in the region, Pinhão is relatively recent, having been founded only in the NINETEENTH century, much because of the need for transportation and accommodation of people connected to the industry of the so famous port wine that is produced in Slopes of the Douro. Surrounded by numerous farms dedicated to the production of port wine, Pinhão grew and developed.Port wines originate on the banks of the Douro. River.This is the oldest Demarcated Wine Region in the world, whose prestige has been recognised since 1756. (source Vortexmac)

A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture. A vineyard is often characterised by its terroir, a French term loosely translating as "a sense of place" that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations, which may be imparted in the wine. (source Wikipedia)

Grapevines need sun to produce and ripen quality fruit. The more sun they get, the better the end result. Planting grapes in rows that face north and south allows better access to the sun than planting them with an east-west orientation, advises Oregon State University Extension. As the sun crosses the sky, it shines on both sides of the grapevines. (source SFGate)

We were impressed with huge area that are being cultivated for vineyards. This photo is a good example of the landscape and just about every cubic foot has been cleared for expansion of the vineyard. Port wines originate on the banks of the Douro. This is the oldest Demarcated Wine Region in the world, whose prestige has been recognised since 1756.

This view is from our favourite restaurant CASARIO at Praca da Ribeira with a view of the the wonderful city PORTO. The manager of the restaurant Muno was outstanding and made us feel very welcome and we became good friends. The service and the food was first class.

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