Thursday February 20, 2020

Any port in a storm

Despite stormy relationships with the French and the British, Portugal’s Douro Valley has survived and thrived with its fortified and, latterly, brilliant terroir-driven wines

12th November, 2017
A vineyard worker harvesting grapes in Portugal’s Douro River Valley

The Douro valley in northern Portugal is one of the most beautiful, isolated and remote places left in Europe. It comprises two distinct areas.

Firstly there is the city of Porto, at the mouth of the vast Douro River, which gives its name to the fortified port wine. This is where the port wines are aged and shipped. The second portion is a 150km stretch of the Douro River Valley and its tributaries, high in...

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