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Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto, Porto or simply Port) is a fortified wine that is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley. The wine received its name in the latter half of the 17th Century from the seaside city of Porto, where much of the product was brought to market or for export to other countries in Europe.
Located along the Douro river estuary, Porto (also known as Oporto) is Portugal’s second largest city. It is also one of Europe’s oldest centres, dating back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. With over 150 classified monuments and a historical centre, Porto was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. You will discover an astonishing number of heritage sites in this fascinating city; from Visigotic and Celtic villages, Roman roads, bridges and Castros to Romanesque and Gothic Churches and Cathedrals that were built during the Medieval Age. However, the city also boasts many contemporary and artistic features, which can be found in its streets, architecture, monuments and museums. This pretty, lively city is perfect for groups as it is so compact.
Visitors enjoy taking picturesque walks to the world-famous wine lodges in Gaia and as well as the fabulous tasting sessions , Grape Escapes guests can also take in their beautiful surroundings on a scenic river cruise in a traditional Rabelo boat and travel further afield to visit other styles of wineries in the Douro region, such as Vinho Verde.