ART&TUR Magazine N.1 - Page 19

Named after its river, Douro is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, decreed by the Marquis of Pombal in 1756. In the northeastern Portugal, it is a unique land that combines the richness of schist soil and wide sun exposure with an endogenous microclimate and the terraced vineyards landscape built with effort by the people of the Douro. The cultural landscape of Alto Douro Vinhateiro was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. With a wide range of grape varieties, the Douro Demarcated Region produces wine for over 2000 years! An experienced translated to recognition by international awards like in 2014’s Wine Spectator Best Wine in the World, attributed to Dow ‘s Port. Having toured the Douro region several times I can tell you that it feels one is entering a different planet. In my own experience, every time I’m there I get a complete sense of freedom, beauty and fulness from the majestic landscape and the shining sinuous river. In September the feeling becomes exacerbated by the golden and reddish colors of the vineyards and the scent of the grape’s juice fermenting in the historical Quintas of Port Wine. Completed with the sounds of the grape harvest songs, you’ll feel time standing still in a perfect moment. 19