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Peso da Régua

Framed by the landscape classified as world heritage by UNESCO, Peso da Régua, distinguished in 1987 by the OIV as International City of the Vine and Wine,is a city focused on the future which has taken on a prominent part in the region, not only as river entryway in the Douro region, but also as a dynamic and attractive destination that seeks to offer its visitors a unique experience.

With an history which is inseperable from the wine, the vineyard and the Douro river, Marquês de Pombal founded here in 1756 the “Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro” (General Corporation of the Vine Culture from the Upper Douro), the head officeof the first demarcated and regulated region in the world, the Douro Demarcated Region. Its geographical location and the wine granted it the natural conditions to stand as the historical capital of the Douro region. Ever since, the river has acquired growing importance acting as a driving force for the development of Peso da Régua, as city and as municipality.

The fact most organisations connected to the wine and to the river, such as Casa do Douro, Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (Douro and Port Wines Institute), APDL, Museu do Douro (Douro Museum), are based in this city, and the fact its pier is the most important disembarking spot along the river, has increased its visibility year after year.

In 2019, you are all invited to board on a journey which will begin in the deepest identity of Peso da Régua. This year, we will bring back our origins and emphasize the importance of Peso da Régua in the self-assertion of the Douro wine region in the world.

The title “Cidade do Vinho 2019” (Wine City 2019) is an achievement of all Régua’s inhabitants and will be a chance to awaken the feeling of pride in our ancestors who went a truly long way to make the Douro Demarcated Region what it is today. Throughout the year of 2019 we will have the chance to meet with our history and take it to the future, assuming that each one of us will be a proud representative of this title.

The celebration of this title is a social, cultural and economic milestone to our municipality. All the foreseen dynamics will intersect the action of the Municipality of Peso da Régua and the activities will engage the whole community. We count on you to show the world who we really are, that we are deeply shaped by the grape varieties, the schist and the Douro River.



The Douro Demarcated Region

The Douro is the oldest demarcated and regulated wine region in the world. With an extent of nearly 250 000 hectares between Barqueiros and Barca d’Alva, it is divided into three subregions: the Upper Douro (Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Torre de Moncorvo, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Vila Flor, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Mirandela, Alfândega da Fé, Mêda and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo), Upper Corgo (São João da Pesqueira, Alijó, Sabrosa, Tabuaço and Murça), and Lower Corgo (Armamar, Peso da Régua, Vila Real, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Lamego, Mesão Frio and Resende), delineating the Port and Douro Wines Registered Designation of Origin.

Here lies the “living and evolving cultural landscape” classified as World Heritage by UNESCO with an extent of nearly 24 600 hectares that spread along the river, corresponding to approximately 10% of the total area of the Douro Demarcated Region. The wine culture is, unquestionably, the cultural trait that shaped a landscape which in turn shaped the people of this region just like the river shaped the hills and made them so unique as the grape varieties that grow on them. The DOC Douro Wines, white, light and aromatic, as well as the red, warm and velvety wines, the festive sparkling wines and muscats and the finest of the wines, the Port Wine, are all grown here.