Altano - Symington Family Estates

+ 351 223 776 300 Travessa Barão de Forrester 86 Apartado 26
Vila Nova de Gaia 4431-90,
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Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its beauty is the result of many centuries of work by the river Douro itself, carving steep, towering banks into the landscape, and by the inhabitants of this region, who centuries ago began the nearly impossible task of planting vineyards here. Forming terraces on these rocky slopes was difficult enough, but the harsh climate and limited rainfall, characteristic of the Douro Valley, made the work of viticulture a difficult enterprise indeed. The rewards of this labour are the superb wines of the Douro, wines that have taken their place among the best in the world. The Douro Valley's unique terroir is largely defined by its schistous soil, extremes of temperature and altitude, and its stunning terraced vineyards on the slopes above the Douro River. Numerous indigenous grape varietals can be found here such as Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional to name but a few, all somehow finding a way to survive in Read more »

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