Alto Douro Wine Region

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDouro Region, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
CoordinatesN41 6 6 W7 47 56
Inscription Date2001
Property (ha)24,600
Buffer Zone (ha)225,400
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
All ThreatsWater infrastructure
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number1046
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionWine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.
StatusWorld Heritage Site