The History of Port Wines

The history of Port wines began in the Douro Valley in the northwest of Portugal. Wines of this type were already produced in this region while it was still part of Ancient Rome. But it was only in 1675 that the Port designation became truly recognized. It takes its name from the famous port city that was already exporting these wines to the rest of the world.

In 1756, the region was officially designated and regulated, thus becoming the world's first Controlled Designation of Origin. The quality of Port improved in terms of flavours and finesse through compliance with strict specifications. In 2001, the Douro Valley was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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