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Introduction

 

   

 

"The wine is allways there, in the most subtle way: in mind and feelings. But it is also on the landscape, on those magificent stairs that, up the mountains, gave them shape and figure. "It is the most beautiful and painful monument to the work of portuguese people".(Jaime Cortesão). And it is a reference in the local and regional literature. It is a relevant subject frequently heard in the songs and cultural traditions.It is, in the end, the centre of the region's economic life, having been, in the past, the major portuguese asset in foreing commerce."
 

António Barreto - in "Douro", Editions Inapa, 1993