There are not many areas inwhich wine has had such an enormous impact on history, culture lanscape and everyday life of its inhabitants as in Douro. Wine is produced from more than two thousand years in this zone, but in the 17th century English people started a "marketing" campaign in favour of Portuguese products. So, Portugal was given numerous trade advantages while FRench products was punished with tariffs.
Soon the British began to appreciate this delicious wine and in order to protect the quality, this region received the Appellation in 1756, being one of the fierst apppellation to be granted in the world.
The Portuguese Douro is one of the warmest European wine regions. Due to the climate and the special geography this area owns a special character with a typical microclimate due to the mountains which serve as protection against the cold and moisture-laden winds which come from the Atlantic. This creates a dry envionment with cold winters and hot summers.