Portugal’s Douro Valley in pictures11th July, 2014 by Lauren Eads
The Douro Valley is not only a stunningly beautiful viticultural region, but one which could be on the cusp of “something special”, according to its winemakers.
Having built its reputation on Port, the region is now making strides to promote its DOC still wines made from indigenous grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Rabigato, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão and Tinta Roriz (also known as Tempranillo).
The challenge, it seems, lies in communicating the positive qualities of such ‘lesser-known’ grapes to a market which can blindly favour established favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. But for those keen to explore something new, the Douro is undoubtedly an excellent place to start.
NB: I travelled to the Douro Valley with Discover the Origin, a campaign financed with aid from the EU, France Italy and Portugal, that celebrates and protects the heritage of five fine food and wines; Douro Wines, Port, Bourgogne Wines, Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.
We began our journey in the beautiful town of Oporto where we were invited to visit the IVDP (Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto), the body responsible for monitoring and approving all of the region’s Ports and wines for release.