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“The world's greatest wine region? If you're thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again. Wines from Portugal's Douro Valley claimed three of the top four places in Wine Spectator's 2014 top 100 ranking — including the No. 1 spot awarded to Dow's 2011 Vintage Port.”, could be read on the online edition of USA Today on 15 December.
Besides port wine, the newspaper also highlighted the great quality of Douro’s table wines and the new generation of producers, with testimonies from Paul Symington, Mário Negreiros and Rui Cunha: “Although the Douro is one of the world's oldest demarcated wine regions, dating back to 1756, the international reputation of its table wines began to take off in the 1990s, when producers started to move away from the centuries-old reliance on port wine to turn out quality dry reds and whites.”
The region’s specific micro-climate, the characteristics of the soil and the vicinity to the river, are also strong references in the article which highlights as well the classification of the Douro Wine Region as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2001.
The article still highlights the excellent relation quality-price of the Douro and port wines as well as the quality of the offer in wine tourism.
Read the full article here.