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, olives and nuts.

Most recently, the construction of the Foz-Tua dam – completed in 2017 just metres from the Alto Douro – has sparked controversy among Portuguese environmental groups and the region's wine producers.

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