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Wine: Delights of the Douro

The last 20 years has seen the growth of impressive reds and whites in this sweltering region

By Barry Smith   March 2017

When you think of the Douro Valley you probably think of port. The fortified wine is the main product of the terraced vines that grow on the steep slopes above the river. Historic as this association might be, these are no longer the only wines of note coming from the Douro Valley. The last 20 years has seen the growth of impressive reds and whites in this sweltering region. Most notable are the occasionally French-style wines of the Dutch winemaker, Dirk Niepoort.

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