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  1. Douro DOC
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    Alto Douro Wine Region
    UNESCO World Heritage Site
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    Vineyards in Alto Douro
    Location Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Province, Portugal
    Criteria Cultural: (iii)(iv)(v)
    Reference 1046
    Inscription 2001 (25th Session)
    Area 24,600 ha (61,000 acres)
    Buffer zone 225,400 ha (557,000 acres)
    Coordinates 41°06′06″N 07°47′56″WCoordinates: 41°06′06″N 07°47′56″W
    Douro DOC is located in PortugalDouro 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]

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