Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region in Portugal for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.
Header photo: Cruise on the Douro River © Jose Manuel, Turismo de Portugal
The Alto Douro landscape is representative of the full range of activities associated with winemaking – terraces, quintas (wine-producing farm complexes), villages, chapels, and roads. The cultural landscape of the Alto Douro is an outstanding example of a traditional European wine-producing region, reflecting the evolution of this human activity over time.
The Alto Douro Wine Region was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2001.
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Text source UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)