Alto Douro (region) World Heritage Site

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Alto Douro Wine Region
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Vineyards in Alto Douro
LocationTrás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Province, Portugal
CriteriaCultural: (iii)(iv)(v)
Inscription2001 (25th session)
Area24,600 ha (61,000 acres)
Buffer zone225,400 ha (557,000 acres)
Coordinates41°06′06″N 07°47′56″W / 41.10167°N 7.79889°W / 41.10167; -7.79889Coordinates: 41°06′06″N 07°47′56″W / 41.10167°N 7.79889°W / 41.10167; -7.79889
Douro DOC is located in Portugal
Douro DOC
Location of Douro DOC in Portugal
Douro DOC wine

Douro is a Portuguese wine region centered on the Douro River in the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region. It is sometimes referred to as the Alto Douro (upper Douro), as it is located some distance upstream from Porto, sheltered by mountain ranges from coastal influence. The region has Portugal's highest wine classification as a Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC). While the region is associated primarily with Port wine production, the Douro produces just as much table wine (non-fortified wines) as it does fortified wine. The non-fortified wines are typically referred to as "Douro wines".

Alto Douro was one of the 13 regions of continental Portugal identified by geographer Amorim Girão, in a study published between 1927 and 1930. Together with Trás-os-Montes it became Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Province.

The style of wines produced in the Douro range from light, Bordeaux-style claret to rich Burgundian-style wines aged in new oak.[1]

  1. ^ T. Stevenson "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" pg 331 Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN 0-7566-1324-8

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