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Niepoort (Vinhos)
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Rotwein 2007 Douro DOC Fabelhaft, Douro, Portugal

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Registration number: #Ni172237

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Last reviewed: 10 June, 2009

The Portuguese wine-growing region is named after the approximately 900 km long river, on whose very steep slopes with extreme inclination the vineyards are located. The river rises in the Spanish province of Soria (Castile-León), flows through northern Spain as the "Duero" and then through northern Portugal as the "Douro", until it finally flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Porto into the Atlantic Ocean. For more than 100 kilometres, the river forms the Portuguese-Spanish border; after that, the port wine region extends just as long in Portugal. The Douro has cut a deep valley into the slate-granite...

In ancient times, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans brought vines to the Iberian peninsula. Under the long Moorish rule from the 8th to the 12th century, viticulture stagnated but did not come to a complete standstill despite the ban on alcohol. As in many other countries, the Roman Catholic monastic order of the Cistercians had a decisive influence on viticulture; in the 12th century they founded 18 monasteries in Portugal. King Dinis (1279-1325) promoted agriculture and viticulture on such a large scale that the proceeds were used to build up a merchant fleet, thus creating the basis for Portugal's rise to become a world power. He was...

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