Douro Wine

This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go into Port. However, excellent still wines have also emerged from this region. It runs from the Spanish-Portugal border up along the Douro to the town of Porto. Production dates back to Roman times, when monks planted vines on the steep slopes.

The turning point in its history came in 1703 with the Treaty of Methuen (Methwen) when England and Portugal worked out a discounted exchange rate for wine to England and textiles to Portugal. English wine importers then began to classify Port and the area was divided into three sections: 
 
*Baixo Corgo, the coolest and wettest, with the fewest grapes grown specifically for Port.
*Cima Corgo, the higher region surrounding the town of Pinhao. This is the heart and soul of the Douro and the main Port quintas are situated here. This is where most of the higher quality tawny, late bottle vintage and vintage Ports are produced. 
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