Welcome to Alto Douro

Further east towards Spain, the soil is drier, with the sculpted landscape giving way to more rugged terrain. But despite the aridity – and the blisteringly hot summers – the land around Vila Nova de Foz Côa produces fine grapes and excellent olives and nuts.

Most recently, the construction of the Foz-Tua dam just metres from the Alto Douro has sparked controversy among Portuguese environmental groups and the region's wine producers. Regardless, the construction is in its final stages.

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