Field Trip




The cultural landscape of the Douro Valley is a combined work of man and nature, the result of a centuries-old process of adapting specific viticultural and winemaking techniques and acumen to a poor soil endowed with a singular potential to produce the world-famous, exceptional quality wines that bear the “Porto” and “Douro” Appellations of Origin. Beeing the oldest demarcated and controlled winemaking region in the world and dating back to 1756, it is a living cultural landscape in constant evolution, an exceptional example of an ancient tradition of the working of the land and, simultaneously, of a living civilisation that revolves around the making of quality wines under extremely difficult environmental conditions. The Douro landscape, with its Mediterranean-like environment and poor and rugged soil offering major constraints to human settlement and development is, above all, an outstanding example of man’s unique relationship with the natural environment. Throughout the centuries, man has created and perfected specific techniques of land-use that have made it possible for him to cultivate vines on the steepest slopes and build row upon row of socalcos – terraces buttressed by walls of schists stone. By adapting the natural environment to the demands of an ancestral productive system, man fashioned a winemaking landscape whose unmistakable appearance, dramatic and dynamic configuration and universal uniqueness, justifies the classification as World Heritage (

Meeting point: FULP

Departure 7:45, arrival  21:00

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